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Where SMBs are with the cloud


As I said the other week, small businesses can still do well by sticking with their own servers. That said, many of them are also moving toward the cloud.

We’re in a time of transition: as the most recent annual Flexera State of the Cloud Report showed, 53% of small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) — those with 1,000 or fewer employees — spend more than $1.2 million annually on the cloud.

That’s a jump from 38% who did so just two years ago.

Flexera predicts that within the next year, 63% of SMB workloads and 62% of SMB data will reside in a public cloud. That’s a significant increase.

Several things are driving the shift.

One you might not think of is the COVID-19 pandemic. However, because the pandemic kept IT staffers out of the office and server rooms, 66% of respondents said cloud usage was higher than they’d initially planned.

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