New research from the Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) suggests that the overall cloud adoption rate in the UK now stands at 84%, with 4 out of 5 users having formally deployed two or more services.
CIF believes that we will continue to see growth throughout 2015, particularly with the upcoming end of support for Windows Server 2003 in July this year. The industry body estimates that 58% of businesses are still running Windows Server 2003 so as support ends they will be looking for alternative IT solutions and may take the opportunity to make the switch to the cloud.
The latest research, carried out in February 2015, polled 250 senior IT and business decision-makers from both the public and private sectors. It has shown an 8% growth in cloud adoption since the last research carried out in June last year.
Since the research was first carried out in 2010, the overall UK cloud adoption rate has increased by 75%.
The proportion of organisations set on 100% cloud environments has doubled
Half of the respondents expect to move their entire IT infrastructure to the cloud at some point, with 16% saying they intend to do this as soon as possible. A figure which has doubled since 2014.
78% are using two or more cloud-based services and 70% of those organisations already using the cloud said they expect their adoption to increase over the next 12 months.
CIF predicts that by early 2016, 86% of UK-based organisations will formally use at least one cloud service.
“Cloud computing has come a long way in just a few short years,” said Alex Hilton, CEO at CIF. “When we commissioned our first major research project into the UK cloud market in 2010, just 48% of organisations had consciously adopted a cloud service.”
“We know that 90% of organisations using cloud are satisfied with it, 70% expect to up their usage over the coming year, and that 56% believe that it has provided them with competitive advantage.”
10 reasons you should consider the cloud for your business
- Continue working anywhere, anytime on any device
- No upfront investment in servers or related hardware
- No server to maintain so no unforeseen future cost to the business
- No upfront investment in software licenses that you might not need straight away
- Subscription-based pricing is predictable and ideal for budgeting
- Flexible and customisable – tailor it specifically to your business needs
- Scalable – add more users or functionality as and when required, without server re-architecture
- Easier collaboration between different locations or departments – everyone works on the same documents
- Always up-to-date software – as part of your subscription, all updates and security patches are applied automatically
- Keep your data secure – reputable cloud providers have the time and resources to make sure your data is protected by the best defences in the industry.
If you’re still unsure about implementing cloud software, then you may find our related article useful. Some common concerns about adopting cloud computing goes through some of the common concerns we hear, and explains how many of them are unfounded provided you choose a reputable cloud provider.
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