While businesses of all sizes seem to be clamoring for more cloud computing solutions, a new study by cloud storage provider Egnyte found that smaller companies are leading the charge when it comes to cloud-based storage adoption.
In a survey of 6,500 of its customers in the United States, Egnyte found trials of its cloud storage technology among small- and medium-sized businesses tripled in March 2011, compared to March 2010. This, the report suggested, is because SMBs are in greater need of IT solutions that can save them money without sacrificing efficiency.
This is not to say that larger companies aren't also flocking to the cloud. On the contrary, according to Egnyte, the trials of large companies using its storage services grew 2.5 times year-over-year from March 2010 to March 2011.
"Today, companies need to manage and share their data across geographically distributed teams as well as across partner and customer ecosystems. They also need to ensure they have access to the data they need, anytime and anywhere," the company stated in a press release.
Though Egnyte's study found rapid cloud adoption, another study asserted that cloud computing among SMBs has not nearly reached its potential.
Accounting for all factors of the cloud, including storage, SaaS, IaaS, among others, Parallels found that the U.S. cloud market for SMBs totaled $8.6 billion at the end of 2010. However, given the large number of SMBs not yet using the cloud, there is room for $13 billion worth of growth, for a grand total of more than $21 billion.
A separate study by Spiceworks revealed that SMB cloud adoption doubled in the second half of 2010, increasing from 14 percent to 28 percent. Going forward, the IT firm predicts further penetration, with SMB cloud adoption reaching 42 percent by mid-2011.