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Microsoft And Azaleos Offer Different Cloud Perspectives On Office 365

A couple of cloud studies have emerged recently, and both with pieces of research - one from Microsoft, the other from Azaleos - which have raised some different points, when it comes to Office 365.

Microsoft's cloud research, conducted by Edge Strategies, gathered responses from 3000 small businesses across 13 countries, and the headline news was that their usage of paid-cloud services is set to double over the next five years. Furthermore, the number of SMBs using at least one paid-cloud service will triple over the next three years.

The Edge Strategies report states: "Cloud computing is able to deliver more of what small and midsize businesses need - cheaper operations and faster, better fusion of vital information to virtually any device. In fact, the research finds 59 per cent of companies currently using cloud services report significant productivity benefits from information technology, compared with just 30 per cent of SMBs not yet using the cloud."

The suggestion is that the demand for Office 365 from SMBs is set to increase considerably over the next few years - although Microsoft did note the research didn't specifically involve Office 365.

Azaleos, on the other hand, rather pitched against Office 365 with its study. However, it was more angled towards the fact that Office 365 didn't make such a compelling solution, for the larger enterprises. In fact, Azaleos noted that a private cloud solution could offer a 20 per cent saving over Office 365, when it came to delivering enterprise-grade capabilities.

So, while Office 365 might well make sense from a smaller firm's perspective, those benefits don't scale well, Azaleos argued.

Both cloud apps and private clouds have their place, that much is clear, and the possibility to leverage considerable savings above traditional solutions is there, via whichever cloud route a business takes.

Source: Talkin' Cloud (opens in new tab)

Darren Allan

Darran has over 25 years of experience in digital and magazine publishing as a writer and editor. He's also an author, having co-written a novel published by Little, Brown (Hachette UK). He currently writes news, features and buying guides for TechRadar, and occasionally other Future websites such as T3 or Creative Bloq and he's a copy editor for TechRadar Pro. Darrran has written for a large number of tech and gaming websites/magazines in the past, including Web User and ComputerActive. He has also worked at IDG Media, having been the Editor of PC Games Solutions and the Deputy Editor of PC Home.