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The number of SMB IT pros planning to cultivate IT hosted services is on the rise. With 26% of IT budgets allocated to hosted IT services, this market is fertile for growth in 2011.Nearly two-thirds of SMB IT professionals plan to purchase new, upgrade or renew hosted IT services, a significant increase from both the last half of 2010 (48%) and the first half of 2010 (56%).
Hosted IT services have proven to be rich in returns. As evidence, for every one SMB IT pro planning to purchase a new hosted IT service, two IT pros are planning to renew. This increasing renewal rate signals that SMBs are finding value in hosted IT services, as larger numbers are drawn to the flexibility that hybrid IT environments can bring.
Reginald Herde is director of marketing at Austin, TX-based Spiceworks, the fastest growing IT social business network with 1.6 million SMB IT professionals who buy and manage $268 billion worth of technology products and services each year. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. To read the entire Voice of IT report, click here. Follow Spiceworks on Twitter@SpiceWired.VN:R_U [1.9.7_1111]Trend: SMB Hosted IT Usage Surges to 65%,
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