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SMBs enjoy the cloud as much as large companies

The cloud has reached such high adoption rates because the technology is available to businesses of all sizes, each with their own unique implementation plans. By leveraging the cloud, even small firms can gain a competitive advantage over enterprises, as the hosted service lets companies become proportional with their larger rivals, according to a CloudTweaks report.

There are a number of benefits small businesses can experience for migrating to the cloud, but three are prominent: accessibility, low cost and scalability.

Cloud hosting services are extremely beneficial for companies looking to be more mobile, as applications and data stored in the virtual environments can be accessed from practically anywhere in the world. As a result, organizations can support mobile trends like teleworking, cutting costs and boosting efficiency. By letting employees work from outside the office, small businesses can also reduce hardware and maintenance expenses, letting them reallocate savings into other important parts of the company, CloudTweaks noted.

The cloud also leverages a pay-as-you-go pricing model, enabling decision-makers to only utilize the tools they need, reducing unnecessary spending, the news source said. Additionally, the cost of entry into the public cloud is rather low, as the multi-tenant environment collects dues from every company using the services, reducing each party's burden.

The scalability associated with the cloud storage services also lets companies put as many or as few resources into the environments without experiencing bottlenecks and other performance issues. Meanwhile, applications migrated to the virtual environment are able to be used right away, reducing time to market and increasing speed of deployment, both of which boost productivity, CloudTweaks noted.

Citing a study by AMI Partners, InformationWeek noted that small and medium-sized businesses will invest nearly $50 billion on the cloud in 2015. As the cloud's awareness continues to increase, this trend will likely continue in the coming years.

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