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Three Quarters Of SMBs To Increase Spending On Cloud Software In 2011

A new survey has revealed that 74 per cent of small and medium businesses are planning to increase their spending on cloud-based software in 2011.

The survey, which was conducted on behalf of web-based solutions provider Egnyte, also revealed that 51 per cent of SMBs will increase their spending on collaboration software. Zoomerang, which conducted the survey, polled 125 Egnyte resellers on this year's spending plans of their SMB customers.

According to Information Week, only 6 per cent of the respondents said a definite 'No' when asked if their clients will increase collaboration software spending while 2 per cent said 'No' to increase in spendings in cloud software.

Egnyte, which offers cloud-based file storage, file sharing and other web-based solutions, also revealed a 38 per cent of respondents said that their clients could benefit from cloud-based storage solutions while a whopping 79 per cent said a resounding 'Yes' when asked whether cloud-based storage services are great replacements for on-premise file servers.

The survey also indicated that 68 percent of resellers thought that cloud computing vendors failed to adequately address their needs.

The results of the survey come after Parallels recently estimated that the cloud computing market in the SMB division was worth $8.6 billion with that figure rising to $13 billion in just the next few years.