Verizon and Gartner reports reveal roadmap for enterprise cloud

According to a report from Verizon, enterprises are increasing their average monthly cloud spend by 45% with cloud environments becoming “more mainstream”.

The overall sense from the Verizon report, which was conducted between January 2012 and June 2013, was that the enterprise cloud was becoming more and more critical to business strategy.

Cloud-based storage capability went up by 90% during this time, with cloud-based memory usage increasing 100%.

The report examined the current state of the enterprise cloud, quoting a survey from the Economist Intelligence Unit whereby almost half of professionals evaluate cloud models over traditional software when it came to investments.

Verizon puts this down to six primary reasons: cost; provisioning speed; compliance; focus; performance and accessibility.

Despite this however, the report notes the majority of enterprises are in “phase one” of cloud adoption, only risking low commodity items. Yet the future, as one would expect, is hybrid.

“Hybrid clouds allow for many of the cost and flexibility advantages of the cloud while allowing companies to keep greater control over some data and applications,” the report notes, although adding: “As critical applications migrate to the cloud – even hybrid clouds – the cloud needs to mature to support the needs of the enterprise.”

This has led to what Verizon has called a ‘tipping point’. “Organisations have seen the benefits cloud can provide – both in efficiency and cost – and are ready to move an increasing number of mission-critical applications to cloud-based infrastructure,” the report concludes.

“However, in order for this to happen, cloud service providers must deliver to enterprise-grade availability and security,” it adds.

Elsewhere, a Gartner release has revealed the analyst house’s opinion on enterprise cloud: more specific issues and “tactical” business plays equals more uptake.

This certainly resonates with the various cloud reports which ask for more sophisticated, transformational thinking about cloud computing as the market continues to mature.

But according to Gartner analyst Gregor Petri, there are three factors which influence enterprise cloud usage in the short to midterm.

Aside from the aforementioned tactical business decisions, Petri also noted that the business impact of cloud services will become more influential, as well as the creation of a wider level of solutions.

Regardless, these two pieces of research sheds light on the enterprise cloud, again pushing a hybrid future and revealed a healthy uptake for now. What’s your opinion on the position of cloud computing in the enterprise?

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3 Sep 2013, 10:17 p.m.

As an enterprise cloud storage vendor, we (Zadara Storage) see first hand that enterprises are passing the 'tipping point." It's reassuring to see that what we're witnessing is a market trend. The cloud has gone through an accelerated maturing process. Not only does it now meet enterprise-grade demands but in many cases it does so better than on-premise solutions can.