The use of cloud-based backup, security and Web hosting applications continues to grow as IT professionals look for ways to automate and off-load management tasks that rob IT departments of valuable time and resources.
That's the conclusion of study results released by Spiceworks, and sponsored by EarthLink Business. The survey analyzed how IT professionals can best use cloud-based applications to do their jobs.
"The challenge of maintaining specialized hardware and software is clearly driving IT professionals to cloud-based IT applications," said Kathryn Pribish, Voice of IT program manager at Spiceworks. "Vendors who can deliver the capabilities of traditional hardware/software solutions in a cost effective manner have a great opportunity to address the needs of IT professionals."
According to the survey, 70 percent of IT professionals use cloud-based Web hosting applications, with an additional 3 percent planning to use a Web hosting service in the next six months. Sixty and 30 percent of respondents are using cloud-based security and backup applications, respectively. Even though online backup solutions show the lowest adoption rates, 13 percent of respondents say they plan to implement an offering in the next six months, the survey revealed.