Cloud computing is set to take off in the next five years.
According to research by Easynet Connect, 47 per cent of SMBs are planning to adopt cloud technology within the next five years. However they are failing to factor in safeguards as their businesses become more reliant on the Internet for everyday applications like word processing or spreadsheets.
However just one in ten said they had a formal strategy that included consideration of Internet connectivity issues. Only 12 per cent said they planned on increasing their Internet bandwidth to account for possible higher traffic levels, 13 per cent said they would explore business continuity measures to safeguard their connection and only 9.2 per cent said that they would put in place more stringent security measures.
Chris Stening, MD of Easynet Connect commented: “Clearly, SMBs are eager to embrace the many advantages that cloud computing and SaaS offers them, but they need to think about the big picture as well.
“Once the majority of your mission-critical applications are hosted over the web, ensuring you have the most secure and available Internet access possible becomes even more important. This should be prioritised just as highly as the staff training or cultural issues when formal switch over plans are developed.”