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More than half the businesses in the UK would move their entire infrastructure to the cloud if they could.
So claims a study of 500 IT professionals, which found that 52 per cent of IT decision makers would consider moving IT to the cloud completely. The Data Health Check survey, run by cloud-hosting provider Databarracks, also found that over half of businesses (53 per cent) are already using cloud services.
Infrastructure-as-a-Services (IaaS) and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) are the most likely uses of cloud computing with 19 per cent each. Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Disaster recovery-as-a-Service/Cloud Backup were at eight per cent and seven per cent respectively.
The main reasons given for adopting cloud technology were to improve technology (30 per cent) and increase resilience (28 per cent). Reducing capital expenditure was only a chief factor for five per cent of businesses.
But as outages have hit major cloud providers in recent months, such as Amazon, just over a third (36 per cent) of respondents said cloud outages made an impact on their decision to adopt cloud services.
Security is still the biggest priority when choosing a cloud provider (20 per cent). Functionality of service came second at 15 per cent while the standard of the Service Level Agreement (SLA) was of main importance to only five per cent of respondents.
Cloud backup and email are considered the IT services most suited to the cloud (16 per cent and 15 per cent respectively).
When it comes to buying cloud technology, CIOs, IT Directors and IT Managers were more likely to make the purchasing decisions than the CEO or CFO showing that cloud computing still comes under the realm of the IT department.
“It hasn’t taken long for British businesses to be won over by cloud computing, with a large percentage prepared to envisage putting all their systems in the cloud,” says Peter Groucutt, Managing Director at Databarracks. “The majority of companies in the UK have tested the waters with some form of cloud service and evidently can now see the benefits of moving their entire IT infrastructure to the cloud.”