It’s 2014 and the cloud has been adopted to some degree by nearly 90 percent of all businesses. That is in part because cloud offerings have evolved. Several years ago cloud meant “public cloud.” Today, new hybrid offerings have emerged—combinations of cloud hosting and dedicated hardware—letting businesses tailor their cloud infrastructure to their business demands.
Businesses can choose to manage their cloud infrastructure in-house, or opt for a managed cloud and have their cloud provider shoulder the burden of day-to-day management.
In short, the cloud of the past was a one-size-fits-all offering. Today it is easy for businesses to design a custom solution.
A close look at the landscape of cloud adoption turns up some interesting and surprising statistics:
- 70 percent of businesses say they have invested money they’ve saved by operating in the cloud back into their businesses.
- Businesses report that web hosting is the No. 1 cloud service they use. Email is a close second.
- The larger a company grows, the more likely it is that they will host their email in their own data center.
- Small companies (under 20 employees) are 20 percent more likely to have adopted the cloud than a company with more than 500 employees.
See the infographic below for more statistics on SMB cloud adoption rates, how businesses use the cloud and the benefits they are realizing as a result of adoption.
This infographic originally appeared in PCWorld.