The biggest advantage of cloud computing for small and medium sized businesses with few internal IT resources is access to enterprise-grade services, according to the results of V3.co.uk's latest reader poll.
The SMB Cloud Computing Poll, conducted in association with HP, asked V3.co.uk readers to identify the biggest advantage of cloud computing for SMBs.
By far the most popular response, garnering 56 per cent of the vote, was that the cloud provides access to enterprise technology without the need for a large internal IT resource.
Cost savings were also important for V3.co.uk readers when considering the benefits of cloud computing, just under a quarter plumping for this answer.
Some eight per cent said that the biggest advantage is that the cloud allows the entire company to standardise on a single platform.
Companies typically buy technology piecemeal, leading to a patchwork of disparate systems from a variety of vendors which can be difficult to manage and secure.
Six per cent of V3.co.uk readers believe that cloud computing's biggest selling point is remote access to corporate systems, while ease of upgrading to the latest product versions was chosen by four per cent.
Only three per cent chose improved security as an answer, perhaps indicating that the industry still has some way to go to convincing sceptical IT managers that the cloud is as secure, if not more so, than an on-premise environment.
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