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Microsoft Study Examines Skyrocketing Cloud Computing Adoption Rates

May 08, 2014
By Laura Stotler
TMCnet Contributing Editor

Cloud adoption is skyrocketing, driving technology trends in business and changing the way pricing, service delivery and adoption have traditionally been handled. To say cloud computing is disruptive is an understatement, it’s pervasive and game changing and is transforming the entire face of technology, from infrastructure through to user-facing applications. has released a new infographic showing why and how cloud adoption rates have risen so quickly. The information was derived from a Microsoft (News - Alert) study that gauged cloud adoption rates among a number of organizations. The study found that a majority of respondents, including businesses of all sizes, uses both software-as-a-service (SaaS (News - Alert)) and hosted infrastructure services in some fashion. Interestingly, these services are being utilized most by organizations with less than 100 employees.

Additional cloud services examined were outsourcing services, platform-as-a-service (PaaS) and colocation services. The study found that the government and education sectors are taking the most advantage of outsourcing, at 60 percent, and are also the most likely to use PaaS. Small businesses are the most likely to use colocation services, which generally have a slower rate of adoption among the various cloud segments.

When queried about why they would recommend cloud services to others, a majority of respondents cited better services and lower costs as the compelling factors for adoption. Other key reasons for adoption include convenience and ease of use, accessibility and availability and quickness/agility.

Respondents also divulged some of the challenges they expect to face during the next two years, and their answers provide an even more compelling case for cloud computing adoption. Cost control, unsurprisingly, is the biggest challenge organizations expect to face, as well as the pressure to increase profits. Security issues and competition also ranked high on the list of impending challenges, as well as the drive to promote general growth and expansion. Additional key challenges include funding and budget constraints, the push to increase marketshare and customer base, a sluggish economy and pressure to continually improve products and services.

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Edited by Maurice Nagle

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