Security. The word always comes up when discussing cloud computing including Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (SaaS) and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS).
This area generally is one of the biggest roadblocks inhibiting small businesses from taking up cloud services from hosting providers at an even more rapid rate.
However, you may be surprised to hear that a recent Microsoft Survey may upturn the conventional wisdom floating around cloud security these days.
“Cloud-using businesses spend, on average, 32 percent less time during the week managing security than their non-cloud-using counterparts,” said PC mag.
And, the study reveals that 35% of U.S. companies survey has experienced higher levels of security since moving to the cloud. This means they spend less time worrying about cyber attacks and end up spending less on managing security as a percentage of overall ad spend.
“When companies embrace and invest in cloud services, they find the benefits far outweigh previous concerns. Time and money spent managing security prior to using cloud services is being reinvested by SMBs to grow their businesses and be more competitive,” said Adrienne Hall, General Manager, Microsoft Trustworthy computing.
One particular company cited in the study, is worth mentioning. It saved $90,000 in IT costs over a span of six months or roughly $15,000 per month. The move to a cloud-based management and security solution allowed it to streamline business processes relating to mobile rich content distribution. It was also able to retire third-party AV systems and anti-malware tools in the process.
The company also reported that support calls dropped by nearly 70%! There are of course a number of Microsoft-SaaS products offered remotely over the Internet by major hosting providers including SharePoint Server and Microsoft Exchange for Email.
Both of these may require a large IT staff and budget to maintain in-house. By off shoring this complexity to the cloud, businesses can focus on generating revenue and reduce time spent on troubleshooting legacy infrastructure issues.
Microsoft commissioned the cloud security survey via veteran online research and statistic company, Comscore. Those polled were Small Businesses with between 100 and 250 personal computers.
Check to the infographic to feed visually off the data provided by Microsoft and Comscore.
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