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Report: Trust in cloud computing is growing among SMBs

More small and medium-sized businesses are relying on cloud servers to host mission-critical applications and data. According to a study by RingCentral, 57 percent of responding SMB owners said they have migrated the majority of their sensitive records and solutions to the cloud to keep up with mobile and productivity demands.

"We're seeing that the cloud is fundamentally changing the way businesses operate," RingCentral chief product officer Naveen Gupta said. "Legacy hardware and systems no longer fit the way modern businesses work. Small and mid-sized businesses are adopting solutions that are flexible, mobile and affordable, and the survey data clearly speaks to this trend."

The study also found that more than two-thirds of companies are using collaborative cloud-based applications to facilitate remote working and improve mobile employee communication. As a result, 64 percent of SMB owners said they could most likely run their entire organization remotely this year, thanks to the cloud.

Many businesses also like the fact that the cloud requires less maintenance since it is hosted off site, according to a SYS-CON Media report. This allows business decision-makers to save money and IT departments to focus on more important initiatives.

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