A recent report from the Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) has revealed that 84 per cent of UK businesses are now using cloud computing services.
The increase in UK cloud adoption rates represents a six-point increase – or 8 per cent growth – in the past year and an overall growth of 75 per cent since the CIF first started researching cloud adoption in 2010. Of those businesses that have adopted, 78 per cent are using two or more cloud-based services.
Additionally, while there are a significant numbers of UK businesses that have already made the move, the CIF – an organisation dedicated to promoting the use of cloud computing – believes the end of support for Microsoft’s Windows Server 2003 later this year means that more companies will soon be heading off-premises to find a replacement.
In fact, its research showed a huge appetite for cloud computing services. 70 per cent of those already using cloud expect to increase their usage over the next year, while around half of those UK businesses surveyed said they expect to move their entire IT estate to the cloud; 16 per cent said they aim to do that as soon as practicably possible.
Of those companies that have yet to make to move to cloud computing, 12 per cent expect to adopt the cloud in some way over the next year.
All in all, the stats paint a positive picture of cloud computing usage across the UK. The figures are also not particularly surprising; cloud computing is well enough established these days that the arguments against it are diminishing, while the benefits felt by most businesses are clear and defined.
Security is still cited as the primary concern, with many potential cloud users worried that it is inherently less safe than running your own infrastructure. It’s true that a business has more control over security with its own infrastructure but that absolutely does not make it more secure. Cloud computing providers have to adhere to strict laws and industry standards governing security and what they can and cannot do with the data they hold. Punishments for failing to meet these standards can be huge both in terms of finances and reputation. And while DDoS attacks, hacking, data loss, downtime and other issues are legitimate concerns, there is no real evidence that cloud computing is less secure than in-house.
It seems that cloud computing is winning over the doubters as benefits such as increased flexibility, a pay-as-you-go pricing model, scalability, automatic updates and so much more are clear for all customers to see.
These latest figures from the Cloud Industry Forum are a simply reflection of a changing IT industry, one where cloud computing is a vital part of the IT department.