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.
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!