The flight to cloud grows — we’re seeing it, industry is seeing it.

We reported a couple of weeks ago that cloud was gaining traction in enterprise IT; well, there are more stats this week from a couple of studies that support those findings: cloud adoption is on the increase, and significantly so.

Verizon’s “State of the Market: Enterprise Cloud 2014” report suggests that 70 per cent of companies are now trusting cloud platforms with mission critical applications, while spend on cloud in the enterprise market is up 38 per cent year on year.

Talking of spending, a report by IDC (Independent Data Corporation) forecasts that by the end of 2014, investment in public cloud services (combining SaaS, PaaS and IaaS) will reach $56.6 billion, adopting a compound annual growth rate of 22.8 per cent to reach $127 billion in 2018.

Our view?

And that backs up what we’re seeing as a hosting and infrastructure provider “at the coal face”. We’re approaching a real milestone at 1st Easy, where cloud hosting services will soon overtake physical colocation in terms of contribution to our revenues. This big shift is occurring as our existing colocation and physical server customers choose to stay part of the family, and migrate to our cloud server and cloud data centre solutions. This sits alongside a notable increase in new enquiries — specifically around cloud services.

Perhaps those barriers to adoption that we’ve talked about in recent posts are finally being overcome — maybe cloud isn’t quite as scary as some people would have you believe!

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From colocation to cloud data centre — a customer case study with Abstract Ltd

Freedom from the responsibilities of managing their own physical hosting infrastructure — and a service provider they could feel secure with for the future… the motivation (and the must-haves) for Abstract’s move from colocation to cloud.

“The move to the cloud took a lot of planning and effort on everyone’s part but has been worth it. Not only for the reduction in stress levels now that we have passed the hardware responsibility over to 1st Easy but also the fact that we can spin servers up and down as and when we need them. The flexibility that has given us is immeasurable.” — Daniel Meggitt, Director at Abstract.

That’s the result, but what about the story behind these words? Read about Abstract’s journey from a colocated infrastructure to their own cloud data centre, in our latest cloud case study.

Thank you very much to Daniel and his team for their time and insight, which is very much appreciated!

Cloud. We’re not just a provider, we’re a user too.

Maybe that’s one of the weightiest endorsements we can give to cloud computing. We don’t just “sell” it — we use it. Cloud has become an integral part of our business, not just because it’s our core service, but because it now underpins our own IT strategy.

So, what better way to illustrate a real world example of how cloud changes a business, than to take a candid look at how it has impacted on the fortunes of 1st Easy — the company I co-founded almost 15 years ago?

Let’s begin by looking at how our hosting operation looked a few years ago.

Back in 2010, our data centre was approaching full capacity: we had cabinet, after cabinet, after cabinet, full of servers to support our shared and dedicated hosting services.

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