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Survey: four in 10 small businesses moving to the cloud by 2014

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A recent survey by Microsoft finds nearly four in 10 small businesses say they plan on using cloud computing services within three years.

The global study included 16 countries, encompassing a total of 3,258 businesses with between two and 250 employees. Not only is the number of small businesses using cloud computing services expected to increase, but the average number of providers per company may also rise. According to the survey, respondents expect their companies to use approximately 3.3 cloud services by 2014.

"Cloud adoption will be gradual, and [smaller firms] will continue to operate using a hybrid model with an increasing blend between off-premises and traditional on-premises infrastructure, for the foreseeable future," said Marco Limena, vice president of businesses channels at Microsoft. "As cloud computing becomes more ubiquitous and [small or medium-sized companies'] existing IT becomes outdated, adoption will grow rapidly."

Though cloud computing may be convenient and affordable, remote hosting also carries some margin of added risk. An excellent way to prepare for the potential of a security breach or data loss may be professional liability insurance. The coverage could help mitigate financial expenses stemming from work-related disputes.

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