A survey by Node4 finds that the slightly more than one in two businesses (53%) expect to have moved to a fully cloud-based IT infrastructure within the next five years. A survey of the IT decision makers present found that 53% agreed that it would be very likely, although there is still a significant minority of 27% that thought it would be unlikely for their business.
The survey found that managing email is a key driver for cloud adoption with 47% agreeing that it would benefit their business to host mail applications in the cloud. Data storage and file sharing were also cited by over a quarter of attendees as key applications that would benefit from being moved to the cloud. Telephony and voice communications was the other critical business application that the decision makers would like to see in the cloud.
“More and more businesses are evaluating cloud services as a tool for reducing costs, limiting risk and providing the flexibility they need to run their businesses in a fast paced, technology driven workplace. Rather than a risk, Cloud services are now mostly viewed as an IT solution that gives organisations of all sizes access to the latest and most up to date technology, enabling businesses to gain competitive advantage,” commented Steve Denby, Head of Sales South, Node4. “However, unless you have exactly the right solution for your business’ individual needs then it is unlikely you will get the full benefits that the Cloud can deliver. This means going beyond the accepted limitations of private, public or hybrid solutions and entering a new era of truly customised cloud solutions. The onus is on vendors to provide these capabilities and businesses need to ensure that they are working with the right suppliers to ensure their business is getting real value from any Cloud infrastructure.”
While we think that businesses are moving to cloud infrastructure 53% by 2019 sounds quite low? What are your plans for the next five years? Let us know what your plans are in the comments section below.