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CompTIA: Restraint Proving Important Buzzword in Cloud Computing

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CompTIA: Restraint Proving Important Buzzword in Cloud Computing

September 30, 2016
By Steve Anderson
Contributing Writer

The good news for the cloud computing market sector is that companies are still putting cloud computing tools to use and at a pretty prodigious rate. A new study from CompTIA (News - Alert), meanwhile, reveals that companies are likewise showing more restraint in using cloud options, and are selecting the options that best fit needs on the ground.

CompTIA's report, “Trends in Cloud Computing,” found that the vast majority, over 90 percent, of surveyed companies are currently using some kind of cloud computing. Yet increasing numbers are using it for “non-critical” functions, with that number going up from 27 percent in 2014 to 38 percent in 2016. Full production cloud computing, meanwhile, dropped from 42 percent to 33 percent in that same interval.

Large numbers of companies are turning to software-as-a-service, with 74 percent of companies using something in that vein. Infrastructure-as-a-service trails with 42 percent, though some believe this may see some of the largest growth in cloud computing over the next few years. Platform-as-a-service, used by 33 percent of companies, is also expected to gain.

Additionally, it's noted that companies are really refining the use of cloud-based systems, and that's an important point to note as well. Only 6 percent of respondents could claim to have used cloud-based systems for five years, while 23 percent noted it hadn't even been a year since starting. So businesses, in turn, are essentially still learning just what cloud needs are there to be filled and reacting accordingly. The top benefit to cloud systems, meanwhile, is cost cutting. Smaller firms, particularly the small and medium-sized business (SMB) market—those with fewer than 500 employees—are more focused on cutting capital expenditures, though this really is another way to say “cost cutting.”

It may seem like cloud is retracting a bit into non-critical systems, but there are points to bear in mind here, points like the fact that almost one in four companies surveyed barely has a year on current cloud systems. There should be a learning curve involved in any new technology, and that curve should be different at every company considered. The cloud is growing, even if it's growing in unexpected ways, and its growth likely isn't finished yet either. There's a lot more room for the cloud to grow, and as new products and services emerge, more companies will likely be willing to try these out on the basis that the cloud has already worked on some level previously.

We still have a long way to go before cloud is a mature technology with mature markets. Growth and change in this market is largely inevitable, and though it's already taking on some unusual twists and turns, tomorrow is another day, and the cloud market will be different then from what it was even today.

Edited by Alicia Young

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