Cloud computing and the myriad services offered by it have become the foundation for the digital business today. No doubt, one of the most talked about disruptive phenomenon, Cloud has the potential to make IT organizations more responsive than ever. More and more enterprises are moving to Cloud since it promises significant economic advantages, speed, agility, flexibility, elasticity and innovation.
Like other major technology trends in 2015, Cloud will continue to grow, and surely it is going to attract the attention of organizations very fast. According to Goldman Sachs, spending on Cloud computing infrastructure and platforms is expected to grow at a 30% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2013 through 2018, compared with 5% growth for the overall enterprise IT.
It is evident from the staggering figure that the large-scale adoption will drive transition-related trends and more and more chief information officers (CIOs) will feel encouraged to move their practices to Cloud. With so much being discussed about Cloud and the amount of curiosity it has garnered, we have compiled a list of interesting statistics about the current state of Cloud adoption among enterprises.
1. 59% of SMBs using cloud services report significant productivity benefits from information technology. Click to Tweet
Cloud offers tremendous opportunities for small and mid-size businesses (SMBs) to level the playing field with big companies with remarkable IT assets. For SMBs, moving to Cloud is one of the best solutions if they cannot afford investments in rooms full of servers, development teams, and data center infrastructure.
2: 50% of enterprises to use hybrid Cloud by 2017. Click to Tweet
According to Gartner, 82% of enterprises have a hybrid Cloud strategy, up from 74% in 2014. More and more enterprises are now adopting hybrid Cloud since it helps to retain control of their IT environments while sending non-mission-critical workloads to the public Cloud to take advantage of flexibility and scalability.
3. 59% of the total Cloud workloads will be Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) workloads by 2018, up from 41% in 2013. Click to Tweet
Workloads for Cloud computing are services or instances of code that can be executed to meet specific business needs. The majority of Cloud users choose a hybrid cloud model, with some workloads being served by internal systems, some from commercial Cloud providers and some from public Cloud service providers. Cisco predicts that by 2018, 28% of the total Cloud workloads will be Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) workloads down from 44% in 2013.
4. Global Cloud market, including private, public and hybrid Clouds, will touch $118 billion in 2015. Click to Tweet
IDC predicts that by 2020 Clouds will stop being referred to as "public" and "private" and ultimately they will stop being called Clouds altogether. It is simply the new way business is done and IT is provisioned. The global Cloud infrastructure is super-scaling and becoming the launch pad for infrastructure innovation.
5. 6 out of every 10 CIOs consider Cloud computing as their top priority. Click to Tweet
Chief executives and CIOs of leading IT organisations have identified adoption of Cloud services as their top priority for 2015. 42% of IT decision makers are planning to increase spending on Cloud computing in 2015, with the greatest growth in enterprises with over 1,000 employees (52%).
6. Cloud computing has the potential to reduce IT labour costs by 50%. Click to Tweet
When a cloud system is implemented into a business, the majority of the IT responsibility is shifted across to the providers. Therefore all software updates and technical issues no longer have to be addressed individually.
For SMBs, Cloud computing means a reduction in initial funding requirement, because they do not have to invest heavily in servers. While for reputed organisations, Cloud is an attractive option when server capacity needs to be increased or updated.
ISVs across the world are trying to scale up R&D and operational efficiency, and often think about moving to new technologies. However, they are not properly aware how Cloud technology would help them in delivering their services to market quickly.
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