Over the past 18 months the UK market for cloud services has seen a 27 per cent increase in first time users and the rate of adoption has accelerated over the last nine months. This is according to the latest research findings published by the Cloud Industry Forum (CIF), the industry body established to promote trust, security, and transparency within the sector.
The findings indicate that there is not any one particular vertical, sector or organisational size that has not engaged in the cloud service opportunity. Neither is there an application area that is exempt from the deployment and delivery models related to Cloud.
Based on this research CIF expects that by the end of 2013, over 75 per cent of UK businesses will be using at least one cloud service formally and 80 per cent of current cloud users will have increased their spend on this model of IT delivery.
The research has also identified one new trend in the process of adoption with a growing preference for a try-before-you-buy experience now being demanded by users. Equally the research highlighted a growing demand for services to assist in the implementation or migration to cloud services as well as on-going management of delivery.
Andy Burton, chair of CIF and CEO of Fasthosts, stated: “The market is clearly moving out of a nascent state into mainstream adoption and with it the challenges are changing from clarity and comfort that the cloud is viable as an IT delivery model into achieving a strategic goal of integrating cloud within the wider IT agenda and determining an effective and efficient path for more widely embracing cloud services without diminishing efficiency, control or governance.”