Cloud Computing in Present Day, United Kingdom

Looking back at our 2010 global Savvis market research, we discovered that IT directors in the United Kingdom, as compared to their counterparts in the United States and Singapore, were still treading gingerly in the cloud computing space. In the U.K., only 10 percent outsourced majority of their IT infrastructure as compared to 18 percent in the U.S. and 38 percent in Singapore.

While it appears the U.K. may temporarily fall a little behind, the report also suggests that confidence in cloud within the U.K. market is definitely growing, with 96 percent of organisations stating they are as or more confident in cloud being enterprise ready now than in 2009.

One year later, and we have seen our research predictions become reality, as we have noted an uptick of clients now taking advantage of opportunities to scale up and down in order to address peaks of demand.

In line with the 2010 global report, IT directors in the U.K. are beginning to rethink investing in infrastructure in the long term and are exploring options, dipping their toes deeper into the cloud.

Many companies have not invested in new infrastructure during the last year and are turning to the cloud to rapidly deploy the required infrastructure.

In the financial industry, for example, it has become clear to us that IT directors and CIOs are increasingly inclined to put non-mission critical projects on the cloud and this looks to increase further in the next 12 months.

To fully achieve the maximum benefits cloud computing offers, enterprises need to embrace hybrid service models and service integration expertise.

By judiciously deciding when it makes sense to transition to the cloud, when to keep critical components of their infrastructures on more traditional service models, and how to flex in an environment with different infrastructure services, companies can focus on business priorities to achieve a competitive advantage.

Although cloud is going to change the face of outsourcing, companies need to partner with service providers that thoroughly understand all enterprise sourcing models to ensure they find the right balance.