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They may be small in terms of the number of employees, but small businesses stand to reap big benefits when it comes to cloud computing. Cloud is uniquely suited to meet the needs of a small business trying to grow quickly. If you are an entrepreneur or own a small business, here are some reasons compiled by SmartDataCollective.com, why cloud computing would be a good fit. Less Startup Costs Many potential entrepreneurs are inhibited by the huge upfront costs required in order to get a business up and running. Investing in technology can be particularly consuming, but with the cloud, it doesn't have to be. A cloud database can provide everything from the basic infrastructure to ready-to-use applications, so business owners only have to plug in and go. IT Maintenance Outsourcing Maintenance is a huge long-term cost that eats up the business owner's time if they are do... (more)

Cloud Storage Adoption Gaining Among Businesses

Talk about TMI. Cloud computing is helping businesses combat a growing problem: Too much information and not enough storage capacity, according to an article on eWEEK.com. With businesses increasingly facing the prospect of running out of storage capacity, adoption of cloud storage technologies continues to grow, according to a report from cloud-integrated storage solutions specialist TwinStrata. The survey found that 37 percent of respondents have been using cloud computing for three or more years, more than a one-third increase over last year's 27 percent number. When compare... (more)

The Dramatic Shift in Cloud Computing Intentions

A new survey suggests that as cloud moves into the mainstream of business, it brings new sources of anxiety as well. This disruption and the dramatic shift in cloud computing intentions over the past few years is revealed in a report by Saugatuck Technology. "Buying and deployment patterns have shifted rapidly toward a near full embrace of the cloud, from the more tactical and point solution-focused initiatives not long ago," writes Bill McNee, author of the report. Saugatuck Technology conducted in-depth interviews with CIOs and CTOs at 12 large organizations. The CIOs and CTOs ... (more)

Cloud Computing Moves from Fad to Foundation

As hype dies down, companies are seeing real success in their cloud deployments, and money is pouring in, according to a recent post on InfoWorld.com. The cloud is in the process of crossing from the experimental phase to production systems that businesses can rely upon. Yet his has not been an overnight occurrence: Enterprises have been quietly getting smart about cloud computing technology and applying it where appropriate, according to InfoWorld's David Linthicum. Companies both big and small are making a move to the cloud. "There are now careers, share prices and bonuses tie... (more)

Survey: Rising Cloud Adoption Spurs Changes to IT

Not only are more businesses adopting some form of cloud technology, they are feeling better doing it. A recent survey of 500 IT decision-makers found that 85 percent felt more positive about the benefits of using cloud computing, up from 72 percent in 2011, according to The Wall Street Journal. The survey, conducted by IT industry association CompTIA, found that more than eight in 10 companies use some form of cloud technology. For many companies, the cloud is defined by a SaaS offering like Web email, but almost a quarter reported that cloud components made up between 30 percent... (more)