UK SMEs reject cloud as their primary storage choice: despite growing usage, only a fifth believe cloud is a long term storage option.


Only 13% of UK SMEs are using cloud as their primary storage platform, according to a survey* from IT service, support and solutions provider, Icomm Technologies. Carried out amongst 500 small to medium-sized organisations, the survey revealed that almost two thirds (61 %) look to SAN solutions while 16% are still using NAS or DAS. When asked about long-term solutions, only a fifth (22%) said they were confident that the cloud will become their primary storage strategy in the future.

Mark Lomas, IT consultant, said: "It's important to separate the hype from reality in order to understand how businesses can best manage their storage infrastructure. SMEs will often have less scope to experiment compared to a larger enterprise. Testing new solutions can be a costly exercise, meaning that if businesses want to make a change, they'll have to commit in a big way. While the cloud is likely to grow in popularity, SMEs are clearly in no rush to adopt it as their primary solution."

Data growth is often billed as a key incentive for businesses to move to the cloud, allowing them to enjoy the freedom of scalability. Despite the fact that analysts expect the global volume of data to...

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