UAE SMBs reach for cloud

Almost half of small businesses considering migration: Symantec

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By  Stephen McBride Published  October 7, 2012

Symantec Corp today announced that 46% of UAE small to medium businesses not currently using cloud services were considering doing so in the near future.

The figures were revealed during Symantec's 2012 SMB Cloud Adoption Survey. The survey indicated that service coverage of cloud technologies, including 24-7 protection and time savings, provided a strong incentive for the move.

Symantec said the survey results provided insight of the business culture of those firms that employ less than 250 staff and how they look at technology as a function. Protection of information and efficient use of IT man hours are two advantages commonly associated with a cloud framework.

"At Symantec, we are very aware that SMBs are driving our global economies and are just as dependent on information to drive their business as their larger enterprise counterparts," said Justin Doo, cloud and security practice director for Middle East and North Africa, Symantec Corp.

"However, SMBs don't typically have dedicated IT personnel to focus on the information protection making them potentially more susceptible to risks.  What's more, SMBs conduct business with many enterprises, and today's sophisticated internet hackers see them as a potential backdoor into these larger organisations.  SMBs can benefit from greater protection and the flexibility of newer, scalable, and easy-to-manage technologies and services such as cloud computing."

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