Cloud computing is most familiar among both business and personal users.
According to survey conducted by Spiceworks, during the first half of 2010, 14 percent of small and medium businesses (SMBs) were found to be using cloud computing services and another 10 percent are planning to deploy cloud-based services.
About 38 percent of SMBs having less than 20 employees use or expected to use cloud computing solutions in the next 6 months. Just 17 percent of organizations with 20 to 99 employees the same plans, while 22 percent of organizations having more than 100 employees are planning.
These findings are based on a global survey of 1,500 IT professionals at SMBs having fewer than 1,000 employees.
41 percent of SMBs in Latin America/South America (LASA) and 35 percent of SMBs in the Asia/Pacific region are adopting cloud services. It is 24 percent of SMBs in North America and 19 percent in Europe.
Technology companies are found to use cloud services a bit faster. 34 percent of SMBs in the tech sector use or are planning to use cloud services. 22% of services sector (such as finance, HR, consulting) companies are using or planning to deploy the cloud. The adoption rates in other industries is 20%.