Research Roundup: Cloud Deployments Have Crossed the Chasm
When it comes to the cloud, it appears that we can now put the word “mainstream” in front of “adoption.”
For instance, new research has revealed that the hybrid cloud, or a mix of on-premises solutions with public and private cloud services, is coming into its own, and now ranks as the third top investment priority for enterprise CIOs. The study, from Gartner, predicts that by the end of 2017, nearly half of the world’s large enterprises will have implemented some type of hybrid cloud.
This dovetails with late 2015 research from MarketsandMarkets, which pegged hybrid cloud growth at a compound rate of 27 percent, putting its growth above the IT market as a whole.
Forrester Research survey data meanwhile shows that nearly 90 percent of respondents have already begun migrating their systems to the cloud—be it public, private or hybrid. About 65 percent are currently using or implementing cloud platforms, 26 percent are evaluating cloud platforms and 9 percent are piloting cloud platforms.
The research, which surveyed 200 IT leaders in the U.S., Europe and Latin America, inquired about current cloud computing deployments and plans for the next two years.
“The advantages of more quickly implementing and iterating applications—with the focus of better engaging customers—trumps all, including security, in deciding to move more systems of record to the cloud within the next eight quarters,” the firm said in the report.
And those advantages are clear for IT leaders. Cloud strategies offer the opportunity to scale applications up and down quickly, and to large capacity—a boon for operational efficiency. A move to the cloud also enables organizations to be more nimble in what they do, improving time to market for the company and offering a faster delivery of software projects for the IT department. It’s also easier to modernize older applications and globalize business processes, thanks to the on-demand, available anytime and anywhere nature of cloud apps.
Edited by Rory J. Thompson