Cloud Computing is without doubt one of the hottest topics in the IT Community. Surveys and market research are being carried out on a weekly basis to gather a wider understanding of the market and industry trends. We’ve collected some of the most interesting statistics to give you of an idea of why businesses are moving to the cloud, what’s stopping them, do they understand it and where is cloud computing headed. Let’s take a look…
Do People Understand the Cloud?
According to the Citrix Cloud Survey Guide:
- 51% of respondents thought stormy weather would interfere with cloud computing.
- 14% said they’ve pretended to know what cloud computing is in a job interview.
- Only 16% said they think of a computer network to store, access and share data from Internet-connected devices.
- 54% of respondents claim to never use cloud computing. However, 95% of this group actually does use the cloud. Specifically, 65% bank online, 63 % shop online, 58% use social networking sites such as Facebook or Twitter, 4 % have played online games, 29 % store photos online, 22% store music or videos online, and 19% use online file sharing.
The BSA, The Software Alliance found that in Europe:
- Only a quarter of respondents used cloud services, compared to 34 per cent globally. Nearly 4000 people were surveyed and the majority had either never heard of cloud computing or had heard the term but didn’t know what it was.
- Only 29% say they use the cloud for business purposes, lagging slightly behind cloud users globally at 33%.
What are business owners biggest concerns with cloud computing?
The Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) recently carried out a survey and found that out of 250 UK IT decision-makers in private and public sector organisations:
- 90% of public sector respondents and 78% of private sector respondents admitted data security was their primary worry.
- Other concerns expressed were fear of losing IT control, supplier lock-in, data sovereignty and cost of migration.
The Cloud Secrity Alliance (CSA) found the Leading Constraints on Cloud Adoption were as follows (Average score, based on a scale of 1 to 5):
- Information security (4.22)
- Data ownership/custodian responsibilities (4.12)
- Legal and contractual issues (4.04)
- Regulatory compliance (4.01)
- Information assurance (3.77)
- Longevity of suppliers (3.44)
- Contract lock-in (3.42)
- Performance standards (3.30)
- Disaster recovery/business continuity (3.25)
- Performance monitoring (3.21)
- Technology stability (3.10)
Is Cloud Computing Uptake on the Rise?
Cloud Industry Forum says:
- By the end of 2013, more than 75% of UK businesses will be using at least one type of cloud service. It also forecast that, of existing cloud users, 80% will increase their spending on cloud computing.
In their Cloud Computing UK market research paper Ibis World believe that:
- In 2012-13, the UK industry is expected to generate £5.79 billion in revenue. This will be a 6.5% increase on the previous year.
Research firm Gartner has stated:
- 60% of Server workloads that will be virtualized by 2014, a staggering percentage, especially when compared to 2008, when only 12% of server workloads were virtualized.
- By 2013 the size of the cloud computing market worldwide will be $150 billion.
- At year-end 2016, more than 50 percent of Global 1000 companies will have stored customer-sensitive data in the public cloud.
The Cloud Computing Outlook Survey by CloudStack finds that:
- 61% of organizations are in the information gathering or planning stages or have an approved cloud computing strategy.
Why are businesses moving to the cloud?
The Cloud Secrity Alliance (CSA) found the Leading Drivers of Cloud Adoption (Average score, based on a scale of 1 to 5) were:
- Cost management (3.77)
- Agility (3.75)
- Time to market 3.73)
- Efficiency (3.65)
- Productivity (3.61)
- Business unit demand (3.55)
- Resilience (3.52)
- New technology (3.46)
- Customer demand (3.42)
- Technical resources( 3.37)
- New markets (3.33)
The respondents of the North Bridge Future of Cloud Computing Survey stated that:
- 57% of all respondents cited scalability as their primary driver for cloud adoption with business agility and cost close behind.
- Longer term (up to five years) drivers for cloud adoption include maintaining competitive differentiation, mobility and ensuring application interoperability through the use of open cloud APIs.
Do you have any interesting cloud computing statistics that you’ve discovered from the various industry surveys? Let us know in the comments.