Cloud Deployment: Why, How, and Why Not?
The survey results also answer some other important questions about the cloud:
Why are companies moving to the cloud?
The top factor influencing the use of cloud computing is scalability (61 percent), followed by overall cost savings (54 percent) and easier management (53 percent).
How are companies using the cloud?
The primary applications that respondents run or plan on running in the cloud are websites/content management (57 percent), document management (39 percent), networking monitoring/management (34 percent) and customer relationship management (31 percent).
What are the biggest inhibitors to cloud computing adoption?
The survey responses varied widely on the topic of inhibitors depending on the type of company. For privately-held companies, the number one inhibitor to cloud computing adoption was lack of training (43 percent), with security coming in second with 30 percent.
For publicly held companies, security and conservative IT policies came in neck-and-neck with around 50 percent of respondents naming them as inhibitors to cloud computing adoption.