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Key Takeaways from Microsoft Enterprise Cloud Survey

by | Jul 9, 2014

Enterprise Cloud StudyHow many enterprise businesses are running production-level cloud computing? As more and more companies move to the cloud, best practices and futures will become a top priority. But how many companies already use cloud computing? How many are adding new cloud-based services? What growth is predicted?

This survey by Microsoft offers a detailed view into the top cloud computing practices and the press release can be viewed here. Quoted on the future of cloud adoption is the Marco Limena, VP of Hosting Service Providers:

Hosted private cloud is a gateway to hybrid cloud environments for many customers. We’ve seen significant traction for these environments as our hosting business continues growing at a high rate year-over-year. With this momentum continuing to build, it’s clear that we’ve reached a tipping point where most companies have moved beyond the discovery phase and are now moving forward with cloud deployments to deliver improved business results and capabilities.” –Marco Limena, vice president, Hosting Service Providers, Microsoft.

Microsoft contracted 451 Research to develop the following survey, Hosting and Cloud go Mainstream: 2014. The key takeaways are as follows.

Who Uses Cloud Computing?

45% of enterprises globally are running production-level cloud computing applications today. 

  • North America and Asia have the greatest percentage of enterprises reporting broad implementation of production cloud-based applications (17% each).
  • North America has the greatest percentage of enterprises in the discovery and evaluation phase of cloud computing adoption at 29%.

58% of global enterprises are selectively target new applications for cloud computing,

  • 59% of North American companies target selectively
  • With 61%, Asian companies lead the selective targeting of new cloud computing.

18% of global organizations heavily rely on cloud computing for new projects.

  • In terms of companies that have adopted and are heavily relying on cloud computing, South America (23%) and Europe (19%) top the list.
  • 18% of North American companies rely heavily on cloud computing.

Who Will Use Cloud Computing by 2016?

SaaS (71%) and Hosted Infrastructure Services (69%) are the two most common IT services currently purchased today, with 14% growth forecasted in each by 2016.

Spending on hosted private clouds will increase from 28% of spending today to 32% in 2016, with traditional dedicated infrastructure services dropping from 48% to 42%.

SaaS usership starts at the employee level, with increases across the board (businesses, consumers, and distribution channels.

  • 45% of Employees are SaaS users
  • 22% of Businesses in a company’s supply chain are SaaS Users
  • 18% of consumers are SaaS users

Support, Service, and Spending in the Cloud

Telephone conversations with customer support specialists is the most valuable form of communication (just over 60%) across all support channels.

The top spending on cloud-based applications is as follows.

  • Business Applications: 17%
  • Databases (DBaaS): 14%
  • Email: 12%

Best Practices for Cloud Computing

The Research offered, on a 1-10 scale, the importance of best practices and security in the cloud; asking about adaptation, security, architecture and performance in the company. The items most important to companies is as follows:

  • Having a well-defined architecture for security (7.7)
  • Understanding who the end-users are (7.6)
  • Training users to be cautious with access & security (7.5)
  • Having a well-defined architecture for performance (7.5)
  • Other Important Best Practices are Having a phased approach starting pilot testing, Comparing Costs to on premise models, and Starting with projects that are non-disruptive to end-users.

87% of respondents globally would recommend cloud computing to a peer or colleague. Respondents most often mentioned a good experience and better service, followed by improving costs and saving money through the cloud.

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Where Will The Cloud Go from Here?

With 14% predicted growth rates for Software-as-a-Service and Hosted Infrastructure, 17% for Outsourcing and Colocation, and an astounding 26% predicted on Platform-as-a-Service in the next two years; more and more companies are seeing the differences and benefits of cloud computing.

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