Throughout the last two years, cloud computing has emerged as the Swiss army knife of information technology within the business and government sectors.
The cloud has been marketed and implemented as a way to improve communication, speed up business operations, cut costs and reduce energy consumption.
A global survey, composed of 3,645 IT decision makers in eight different countries, was conducted independently by TNS and funded by CSC. The results provided some key statistics in the areas of cloud computing.
Today, 45 percent of U.S. government agencies have moved at least one work flow to the cloud, and it doesn’t look like that number is going to shrink anytime soon, according to the survey. In addition, the number of small businesses turning to the cloud is also growing rapidly.
The survey recorded 33 percent of respondents as reporting the primary reason they moved to the cloud was to improve accessibility through multiple devices, 21 percent as a way to increase the speed of their businesses and 17 percent of respondents reported cutting costs was the most influential reason.
Ninety-three percent of all companies surveyed said they noticed at least one area of improvement in their IT department after moving to the cloud and 47 percent of companies reported lowering operating cost after switching over.
In addition, 64 percent of companies reported they reduced waste and lowered energy consumption when using the cloud.
An online poll by Unisys Corporation furthered the survey findings. In polling 300 respondents throughout September and October of 2011, the company found that 50 percent of respondents ranked cloud computing as their top IT investment priority for 2012.
In addition, 21 percent of respondents ranked cybersecurity as a top priority, and an additional 21 percent ranked mobile/social computing as their top priority.
“Over the past two years cloud computing has moved into the mainstream of IT investment decisions,” said Colin Lacey, vice president, Data Center Services and Solutions, Unisys.
“From the US Federal Government’s ‘cloud first’ policy to enterprise business units’ demands for greater IT responsiveness, business decision makers are embracing both private and public cloud computing models,” added Lacey.