Overwhelmed SMBs Turning to Cloud Services for Their Data Needs

Paul Mah

Small and mid-sized businesses are turning to cloud services as they find themselves underserved by traditional vendors that provide data-protection hardware and services, claims a new research report. Conducted by research firm Storage Strategies NOW (SSG-NOW), the study titled "Data Protection and Recovery in the Small and Mid-sized Business" found a disconnect between the size of SMBs and the data they are generating; meaning that some SMBs are generating far more data than the number of employees might indicate.


The results were obtained through a number of sources such as vendor questionnaires and interviews, interactions with regular SMB end users and managed service providers, as well as publicly available market data. Also taken into consideration were "more than 30 years of combined analysis of the data protection market" says SSG-NOW.


While I have not seen the full report, which is available for $5,000 (Additional information about it can be obtained here, ) brief summaries of the findings can be found in the company's press release and a Computerworld report here.


Some of the study's findings:


  • SMBs consume a wide variety of data storage capacity that ranges from 500GB to 100TB.
  • SMBs in the United States can expect to spend between $30 billion to $60 billion on technologies to protect their data.
  • SMBs are moving to cloud-based technologies due to a lack of IT resources and a desire not to build out their infrastructure.
  • An "overwhelming" number of SMBs are moving toward disk-based and cloud-based backup as their primary mode of backup.


Deni Connor, principal analyst for SSG-NOW, crystallized a problem faced by small and mid-sized businesses by noting:

SMBs consistently struggle to protect growing volumes of information and with so many options, data protection and disaster recovery can be a daunting challenge to overcome.

Of course, the key challenge is the fact that there are literally millions of SMB organizations around the world, and depending on their industry sector and sizes, all have disparate needs. To help SMBs along, I plan to take a closer look at some of the storage and data-protection solutions available to SMBs of varying sizes over the next couple of weeks. This could range from disk-based and cloud-based backups from small 500GB systems to larger ones of up to tens of terabytes. Stay tuned.

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