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Small and medium enterprises or small and medium-sized enterprises (also: Small and Medium-sized Enterprises; acronym in the plural: SMEs; small and medium businesses or small and medium-sized businesses, acronym: SMBs; and variations thereof) are companies whose headcount or turnover falls below certain limits.

The abbreviation "SME" occurs commonly in the European Union and in international organizations, such as the World Bank, the United Nations, and the WTO. The term "small and medium businesses" or "SMBs" is predominantly used in the USA.

In most economies, smaller enterprises are much greater in number than large companies. SMEs are often said to be responsible for driving innovation and competition in many economic sectors. (Source: Wikipedia)

Backup Solutions for SMBs: Tape vs. the Cloud

Section: Research
Tape backup has been the traditional method for routine backup and archival data storage. The decreasing price of hard disks however, has many businesses switching to disk backup or a combination of tape and disk. But local disk backups suffer from many of the same issues as tape. In addition to high hardware and administration costs, neither tape nor disk will provide disaster recovery unless they are stored off-site. Moving backups off-site increases risks in terms of security and comp ...   read more

Disaster Recovery in European SMBs

Section: Research
This research report looks at the attitudes of small and mid-sized organisations (with 50 to 250, and 250 to 1000 employees respectively), to disaster recovery (DR), and the role that various IT solutions play. The input was gathered via telephone interviews with 160 small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) across the United Kingdom, France and Germany (see Appendix A for more details).  "Disaster recovery? is a term widely marketed by IT ven ...   read more

Enabling Rapid and Effective IT Recovery

Section: Research
This report is based on a research study based on 160 interviews with small and medium businesses across the United Kingdom, France and Germany The research findings provide some important insights including: Most SMBs take measures to permit systems recovery following a major operational incident, however significant disaster recovery (DR) gaps and shortfalls often exist. DR initiatives ...   read more

Google predicts widespread SMB cloud adoption

Section: News
Internet giant Google is predicting rapid growth in the small and medium-sized business (SMB) cloud computing sector - suggesting that uptake of the IT infrastructure solution will be "huge" in 2012. And when Google makes a prediction about the future of IT, it is difficult to dism ...   read more

SMBs Provide Untapped Opportunity for IT Vendors

Section: News
SMBs have traditionally been slow to take-up IT services due to the cost involved, but this is something that is now changing, according to a recent report by the Guardian. It's thought that whilst some 10 million SMBs use technology "in any meaningful way”, this represents an approximate penetration rate of just 8%. However, with the emergence of faster broadband technologies and a more connected world, SMBs are now beginning to deploy IT services. This represents an unrivalled ...   read more

UK Doyenz Shut Down rCloud

Section: News
The UK branch of disaster recovery Doyenz rCloud was shut down suddenly at the end of last week and will no longer be providing or supporting the service in the UK, although client data will be accessible up until the end of this month. Blue Solutions, UK distributer for the rCloud service say that all UK clients and MSPs have been directly mailed to advise them of the move. The removal of the cloud-based back and recovery service is "surprising and disappointing,” Blue Soluti ...   read more