Report: Business cloud adoption reaches 75 per cent this year

Close to 75 per cent of companies use a cloud platform for some aspect of their business, according to a new report, which reveals that the cloud is continuing to boom.

The Future of Cloud Computing Survey 2013, conducted by North Bridge and GigaOM Research, surveyed 855 business IT professionals and vendors, showing the cloud is still a force to be reckoned with.

Cloud hosting firm Acquia said it has seen demand for cloud services double in the past year to 18 billion requests per month. Cloud adoption is up to nearly 75 per cent in businesses, from 67 per cent last year.

Public use of the cloud is expected to decline from 39 per cent today to 32 per cent in five years time, but this drop is relative to an overall boost to cloud adoption, particularly among businesses.

Hybrid clouds will grow from 27 per cent this year to 43 per cent in five years time. Software as a Service (SaaS) is the most popular at 63 per cent, up from 55 per cent in 2012.

The report also found that businesses are becoming less concerned about security, but the costs of the cloud are growing. However, despite less security worry, 46 per cent still consider it a barrier to cloud adoption.

“Clearly, even in the 3rd year of our survey, we're still very early in the cloud-computing revolution. Yet the cloud formations we identified in last year's survey continue on an unstoppable rise. Self-employed consumers and businesses are taking the lead, and in many instances, regardless of IT,” said Michael Skok, General Partner at North Bridge.

“And to realise the promise of the cloud, there is a unmistakable call for the industry as a whole to help reduce complexity, and provide better interoperability.”