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This month, Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing Division published a study on the benefits of cloud computing amongst small and mid-sized business (SMBs), defined as companies using 100 to 250 PCs.

According to the study, "SMBs in the U.S. that use the cloud feel three to five times more positive than noncloud users regarding specific cloud service attributes (e.g., time and money savings, revenue enhancement, and quick and security-enhanced additions of products and services)."

Network security was of the utmost importance to the companies that participated in the study. Companies that relied on cloud computing, or internet storage, expressed a greater sense of security compared to other SMBs. Thirty five percent of cloud computing companies "believe their business was more secure" with the service, while 32 percent were less concerned about falling victim to cybercrime.

With that increased confidence in their new service, company IT departments no longer needed to dedicate as much time to network security maintenance. As a result, 20 percent of cloud users were able to lower their IT budgets by devoting fewer funds to monitoring their companies' security systems. Cloud users were then able to direct their savings to other channels, including business development and innovation.

Ironically, 40 percent of noncloud users cited security issues as one of the key concerns that prevented them from adopting the service. Additionally, the perceived cost of transitioning from noncloud to cloud computing was also a deterrent for 33 percent of the noncloud users surveyed.

Cloud computing is a service that any company can capitalize on. If you've ever asked yourself, "What is cloud computing and how can I benefit from it?," the technicians at Portable One can advise you on cloud integration for any device. 

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