Many SMEs don't understand cloud computing

Despite predictions that the cloud is likely to have its biggest uptake with small businesses, many SMEs still don't what the term means, according to a survey.

Despite predictions that the cloud is likely to have its biggest uptake with small businesses, many SMEs still don't what the term means, according to a survey.

Nearly three-quarters of SMEs don't use cloud computing - down from the 82% recorded in a similar survey in June. The latest poll of 1,300 SMEs came from website for freelancers PeoplePerHour.com.

But nearly half of those not using the cloud said they didn't know what the term meant, while 36% didn't see a need for it, 10% thought it was too expensive and 9% said they were worried about security problems.

This survey highlights the confusion - and possibly even scepticism - felt by many small businesses over cloud computing. Although the uptake is improving, the vast majority of small businesses are still voting with their wallets, said PeoplePerHour.com founder and CEO Xenios Thrasyvoulou.

"Perhaps Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) developers are going to have to try harder - and think smarter - in designing and promoting bespoke products for the SME market," he added.

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