It’s finally happened – although many of us in the cloud industry won’t necessarily be surprised. A recent study by 451 Research has indicated that spending on cloud services will outstrip that of overall IT spending this year. The study was based on a survey of 1,000 senior IT and cloud decision-makers from North America and Europe across small, medium, large and very large organizations in both the public and private sectors.
This certainly matches our experience at iland, as we witness customers using cloud services in new and exciting ways on a daily basis – across IaaS, Cloud Backup and DRaaS. From leveraging APIs to integrate cloud billing and performance data into on-premises systems to using cloud-based disaster recovery to protect and recover from ransomware attacks to deploying burst pricing models to flex up IT capacity on demand in a very cost-effective way, iland’s secure cloud has been utilized for a variety of needs.
While the increase in cloud services spend over traditional IT spend was more pronounced among larger businesses, the trend was evident in all company sizes and sectors – although differences in adoption profiles and drivers across different sectors were identified. And, not all cloud providers are created equal. Businesses need to be clear on their objectives when adopting cloud services and understand the corresponding levels of support, technical competencies, security and compliance services they need to look for in a potential cloud provider.
As cloud adoption increases, the key message of this report indicates the need to take a good look under the hood of any potential cloud provider and ensure they can deliver what your business needs to continue driving cloud benefits across the business for the long term.