Cloud Enthusiasm Hits Near-Universal Levels

 
 
By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 09-15-2014 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    Nearly nine of 10 survey respondents believe that cloud computing is the future of IT, and 67% describe themselves as "cloud believers."
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    81% of respondents have deployed at least one cloud service, with an average of 2.7 cloud services among all respondents.
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    Three-quarters plan to add new or additional cloud services within the next three years, with servers and data centers (34%), co-location and backup (22%), and phone systems (22%) leading the way.
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    58% say their staff is capable of implementing a cloud strategy independently, and 44% have done so internally.
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    Price: 71%, Security: 65%, Ease of management system use: 51%, Ease of migration: 49%, Availability SLA: 43%
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    Business continuity: 73%, Flexibility: 62%, Scalability: 61%, Lower TCO: 60%, Simplification: 38%
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    53% say security remains a top concern about cloud deployment, and 36% say privacy is.
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    Less than three of 10 say budgeting is a top concern about the cloud, as 54% expect their budgets to increase in 2015.
 

Momentum for cloud deployment is reaching full-throttle levels, according to a new survey report from Evolve IP. The accompanying report, titled "Cloud of Dreams: The Adoption of Cloud Services—2014," reveals that an immense majority of tech employees and leaders feel the cloud represents the very future of IT. Most have already launched cloud services, and nearly as many intend to expand their use of cloud resources. Just as in the classic movie "Field of Dreams," "organizations built their ballparks (clouds), found some initial players (adopters) and waited to see if they were right to believe in themselves," according to the Evolve IP report. "They were, [as] rapid flight to the cloud continues with organizations planning on moving their infrastructure, applications and more to the cloud. If anything, they are seeing fewer hurdles and have built more confidence in the cloud in the last year." And while barriers remain, funding isn't a particularly significant one, as tech budgets are expected to increase in 2015. IT professionals and executives from nearly 1,260 companies participated in the research. For more about the survey (subscription required), click here.

 
 
 
 
 
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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