45pc of customers past pilot phase for cloud deployment – study

20 Mar 2014

Companies are quickly moving forward with cloud deployments, with more than 45pc of organisations now beyond the pilot phase, a new study suggests.

Hosting and Cloud Study 2014: Hosting and Cloud go Mainstream, a Microsoft Corp.-commissioned study conducted by 451 Research LLC, also reveals that 32pc of organisations surveyed now possess a formal cloud computing plan as part of their overall IT and business strategy.

The study’s findings also indicate that on-premises private cloud adoption accounted for 26pc of on-premises infrastructure spending last year. The highest rate of growth for off-premises infrastructure is expected to be in hosted private cloud, accounting for 32pc of hosted spending in the next 24 months.

“Hosted private cloud is a gateway to hybrid cloud environments for many customers,” said Marco Limena, vice-president, Hosting Service Providers, Microsoft. “We’ve seen significant traction for these environments as our hosting business continues growing at a high rate year-over-year.

“With this momentum continuing to build, it’s clear that we’ve reached a tipping point where most companies have moved beyond the discovery phase and are now moving forward with cloud deployments to deliver improved business results and capabilities.”

The study surveyed more than 2,000 IT decision-makers across small, mid-size and large organisations who are purchasing hosting services or software-as-a-service across 11 countries, including the US, the UK, Canada, Germany, Russia, Japan, South Africa, Singapore, India, Australia and Brazil.

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Tina Costanza was a journalist and sub-editor at Silicon Republic