Growing information technology complexity is making it harder for small to midsize businesses (SMBs) to keep up. Already SMBs have to worry about keeping their IT systems running while minimizing downtime. ON top of that, they’re having to constantly evaluate new technologies as they become available and in some cases try to incorporate them into their existing IT solution. One of the somewhat new technologies that many SMBs are still slow to adopt is the cloud. Using the cloud to backup and recover data is something many SMBs are beginning to look at and 2016 is set to be a big year for cloud storage and backup. Here are three predictions.
Hybrid cloud the new normal
Downtime can cost an SMB anywhere from $8,000 to $25,000 per hour. The goal for SMBs then is to operate more securely and efficiently so that downtime is minimized. One of the ways small businesses do this is by leveraging new technologies and focusing on creating a disaster recovery solution that is flexible. As a result, expect to see more SMBs using hybrid cloud solutions in 2016. SMBs are going to be more hesitant to use a 100% public cloud-based solution and will instead use a mixture of on-site/off-site storage as well as an extra layer of protection via cloud storage. Managed service providers are going to offer more managed online backup services to assist SMBs with this.
SMBs will worry more about security concerns
Data loss has always been a big concern for SMB IT professionals but in 2016, it’s going to keep them awake at night. That’s because in addition to the external threats they already face, internal threats such as viruses, malware, or ransomware caused by employees will become even more common. As a result of such fears, SMBs are going to be thinking about cybersecurity more than ever before. MSPs will be instrumental in assisting SMBs with this by offering education to employees and by helping them to revamp their security policies. MSPs with the best antivirus software, support services, and disaster recovery services will be in high demand in 2016.
Compliance adherence will become a top concern
Another result of more complex cyber-threats is going to be more emphasis on being compliant with federal regulations. SMBs, and especially SMBs in highly regulated industries, are going to be thinking a lot more about the Healthcare Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS). MSPs are going to introduce their services to new clients by offering to help SMBs in highly regulated industries to stay compliant with HIPAA and PCI DSS.
Source: Business Solutions