By the end of 2015, 90% of UK organisations will have at least one service operating in the cloud. That’s what the Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) is predicting — demonstrating a significant increase on research published earlier this year that states as many as 78% of UK businesses are now using cloud services.
90%? That’s a big jump
What’s going to drive this apparently drastic shift in the way IT services are deployed and accessed? Aside from what we’d suggest is natural momentum and transition associated with the increasing acceptance and understanding of cloud as a trusted, viable and (actually) beneficial technology, the CIF have identified what it suggests is the “most significant IT refresh of the 21st century to date” — in July, time will officially be up for Microsoft Windows Server 2003 and Small Business Server 2003.
Threshold “IT refresh” moments like this provide the opportunity to investigate, evaluate and move to alternative ways of working — cloud being one of them. Whether or not this opportunity is especially welcome for some businesses (it does perhaps force the issue!) it does perhaps mean that more businesses will hopefully come to live the benefits of cloud computing sooner rather than later.
Take an easy step
Making the move from your existing physical infrastructure to cloud might well seem like a huge job — there’s no doubt it’s significant. But, as Lao Tzu quite rightly pointed out, “A journey of a 1000 miles must begin with a single step”. Maybe your first step toward cloud computing could be to fire up one of our free cloud data centre trials. Kick it about for a couple of weeks and see what you think!
We’re ready — especially Dean — to help you find out for yourself whether (or not) cloud is an appropriate next step for you.