New Survey Shows Cloud Computing Continues to Expand Adoption
Cloud computing is regarded as the future model for IT by nearly nine of ten respondents, according to a mid-market business survey conducted by Evolve IP.The survey also shows that while companies in the cloud are experiencing benefits like disaster avoidance, scalability and flexibility, IT managers are less enthusiastic about deploying than executives and IT directors. Executives and IT directors believe more deeply in the value of the cloud, feel more educated on cloud services and expect to spend more on them than IT managers. The survey of more than 1,100 individuals involved with IT at mid-Market companies in North America revealed insight into cloud adoption trends as well as current cloud deployment. For a full synopsis and analysis of results, a complimentary white paper, "Cloud of Dreams Adoption of the Cloud by North American Mid-Market Businesses," can be downloaded at www.evolveip.net/Cloud-Survey.
According to the survey results, 70 percent of c-level, vice president and IT director-level respondents consider themselves "cloud believers" while 53 percent of IT managers describe themselves that way. According to Evolve IP thought leaders, the survey data shows that while cloud services are a hot topic for mid-market companies, more education and proofs of concept will be required to settle internal battles between premise advocates and cloud believers.
"The survey data reflects what we see in our business every day," said Guy Fardone, general manager and chief operating officer of Evolve IP. "Most businesses already have at least one hosted service running but in some organizations not everyone is in complete alignment regarding putting multiple services in the cloud. Executives want the cost and disaster avoidance benefits while security, privacy and compliance are typical initial concerns brought up by the managers responsible for implementation."
Services in the Cloud
Regardless of who is a cloud "believer," mid-market businesses are already deploying cloud services, according to the survey results. However, they are less likely to plan cloud deployments of complex enterprise systems.
- Mid-market companies report having on average 2.5 services in the cloud. Adoption, as expected, is higher among "believers" at 3.1 hosted services. The unconvinced still average 1.3 cloud services and the undecided have 1.1 services deployed in the cloud.
- Among all respondents, 75 percent plan on adding new or additional cloud services in the next three years. Even among those unconvinced of cloud benefits or undecided about cloud value, more than half (52 percent) expect to migrate some cloud services by 2016.
- Of those in the cloud, 70 percent have realized improved flexibility and scalability while six in ten have experienced disaster avoidance/business continuity benefits.
- The top services respondents expect to deploy in the next three years are servers/data centers (27.5 percent), Microsoft Exchange (22 percent), co-location/backup infrastructure (22 percent), phone systems (17 percent) and Microsoft Office (17 percent).
- More complex enterprise systems such as financial applications/ERP systems have lower expected cloud deployment projections (12.5 percent).
Cloud Implementation Strategies
The survey shows that cloud computing budgets continue to rise, though fewer managers expect a budget increase than IT directors and executives. Companies are beginning to consider methods and resources for deployment while evaluating barriers.