SMBs ‘most concerned’ with storage infrastructures

SMBs ‘most concerned’ with storage infrastructures

Small and medium businesses (SMBs) are focusing on their infrastructure as a key priority, according to research released today.

Insight EMEA has closed its London-based IT show activities this spring with a survey of 230 SMB technology decision-makers. Suggesting that infrastructural technologies are the leading areas of focus for SMBs today, 47 percent of respondents cited storage, server systems, back-up and disaster recovery as the technology areas of most importance and concern to them.

The Insight Technology Show was held last month in Old Billingsgate for the eighth year running. Insight claimed this year’s focus on infrastructure technologies corresponded with interest in the event’s 'Cloud Technology' sessions, which received the highest SMB attendance across more than 20 keynotes and breakout sessions.

“Cloud technologies in particular have really captured the attention of [SMBs] as the cost and feature benefits cloud services provide are significant for all sized businesses,” said Paul Bolt, marketing and partner management director at Insight UK.

Bolt’s comments come at the same time as Gartner’s evaluation of the cloud computing service revenue market for 2010. The analyst firm has estimated a significant figure of $US68 billion ($A64.5 billion) globally. However, not all analysts are convinced cloud computing is being viewed for what it is.

“Attendees at these shows are the ones who have the most technical knowledge, so is it surprising that they will pick on the stuff that they are responsible for when it comes to being questioned?” said Clive Longbottom, service director at IT analyst house Quocirca.

“If you speak to those responsible for the running of an SMB at the business level, IT is a pain – and that’s why cloud has gained traction here.”

He added: “If these companies can get rid of the platform itself and just use the function, then that is fine and dandy with them. What they want is something that helps the business run, so if it’s a skateboarding whippet, they’ll go for it.”

Insight’s SMB survey respondents also ranked mobility technologies as a key area of concern (22 per cent), along with security and networking (13 percent) and software licences (10 percent).

This article originally appeared at itpro.co.uk

Source: Copyright © ITPro, Dennis Publishing

See more about:  smb  |  storage  |  cloud  |  security
 
 

Readers of this article also read...

Government data retention plan introduced 

Government data retention plan introduced

 
University threatened with massacre over Anita Sarkeesian talk 

University threatened with massacre over Anita Sarkeesian talk

 
Microsoft says Windows 9 "came and went" 

Microsoft says Windows 9 "came and went"

 
Microsoft reveals Windows 10 preview has a keylogger 

Microsoft reveals Windows 10 preview has a keylogger

 
ASIO can now snoop on the entire internet 

ASIO can now snoop on the entire internet

 
Latest articles on BIT Latest Articles from BIT
Why I'm looking at tape again for storage
17 Oct 2014
Jon Honeyball discovers that tape is still the medium of choice for mass storage needs.
My Passport Wireless: share files between everyone regardless of their device
17 Oct 2014
Need an external hard drive? This Western Digital My Passport Wireless can share files across ...
Product Brief: Seagate Business Storage 4-bay NAS
24 Sep 2014
Not everyone needs a high-end, business-grade NAS at home. But for those that do, this Seagate ...
It's time to start planning your Windows Server 2003 replacement
24 Sep 2014
Have an IT advisor? Start working with them on a plan for this, if you haven't already.
Constantly rushing to the printer to stop other people seeing your printouts?
24 Sep 2014
Lexmark's latest family of small-business printers include a feature that lets you stop anyone ...

Latest Comments

Latest Poll

What PC component are you planning to upgrade in the next six months










Ads by Google

From our Partners

PC & Tech Authority Downloads