Twenty- eight percent of U.S. organizations are using cloud computing today, according to a recent report by CDW, a provider of technology products and services to business, government, education and healthcare.
Results from CDW’s first Cloud Computing Tracking Poll indicate that most organizations prefer to go for the implementation of a single cloud application.
For this report, the company assessed current and future cloud computing use in business, government, healthcare and education and questioned 1,200 IT professionals who are familiar with their organization’s use of, or plans for, cloud computing.
Majority of the organizations (84 percent) said they have already employed at least one cloud application.
According to the report, email is one of the most common applications operated in the cloud. Other common applications are file storage (39 percent), web and video conferencing (36 and 32 percent, respectively), and online learning (34 percent).
Respondents who identified themselves as cloud users expect to spend no more than one- third of their IT budget (34 percent) on cloud computing by 2016.
Non-cloud users expect to spend slightly more than one-quarter of their IT budget (28 percent) on cloud computing by 2016.
“Many organizations are carefully – and selectively – moving into cloud computing, as well they should, because it represents a significant shift in how computing resources are provided and managed,” said David Cottingham, senior director, managed services at CDW. “With thoughtful planning, organizations can realize benefits that align directly with their organizational goals: consolidated IT infrastructure, reduced IT energy and capital costs, and ‘anywhere’ access to documents and applications.”
“The potential to cut costs while maintaining or even enhancing computing capabilities for end users presents a compelling case for investment in cloud computing,” added Cottingham. “The fact that even current cloud users anticipate spending just a third of their IT budget on cloud computing within five years suggests that before wide-scale implementation, IT managers are taking a hard look at their IT governance, architecture, security and other prerequisites for cloud computing, in order to ensure that their implementations are successful.”
By Anuradha Shukla
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