Cloud adoption rates are on the rise, echoing predictions throughout the technology and business sectors over the past couple of years. Not only is the presence of cloud hosting increasing, but reveals that many people are enthusiastic enough about the cloud to recommend it to their peers. Based on a Microsoft study, which gauged cloud adoption rates among a wide range of organizations, it found that the vast majority of organizations of all sizes use both software-as-a-service (SaaS) and hosted infrastructure services. Both SaaS and hosted infrastructure services are currently being used most by organizations with less than 100 employees. Government and education leads in outsourcing, with more than 60% of organizations reporting participation. This sector is also more likely to utilize platform-as-a-service (PaaS). Small businesses lead in utilizing colocation services, which has slower adoption rates than other cloud segments.
For most organizations, better service and lower costs were the top reasons to recommend cloud services to others. In fact, both large organizations and government were overwhelmingly in favor of the costsaving benefits of cloud services.
Cost control topped the list of challenges businesses would face in the next couple of years. Increasing profits came in second. Security and Competition ranked third.
—Full study: www.computersupport.com/blog/infographic-study-shows-cloud-computing-rise/