ACTUAL USE OF CLOUD SERVICES in the UK still seems to be all talk and no trousers after a report found that 77 per cent of UK organisations make only limited use of the cloud, if they use it at all.
The report from our colleagues at Computing Research also found that 75 per cent of respondents to the survey said that they will become heavier cloud users within 12 months. Whether that's wishful thinking or a desire to keep up with the Joneses is unclear.
Some 54 per cent of organisations said that they use the cloud 'to a lesser extent', while just 23 per cent said 'a great extent'. Ten per cent are 'trialling' cloud services, and 13 per cent do not use the cloud at all.
This means that 77 per cent of UK organisations don't use the cloud at all or are not even close to relying on the technology.
Among the respondents who said that they use the cloud a lot was a development lead at a media organisation who described a set-up that's "mostly AWS with some Azure".
"It's largely micro-service-based architectures, high volumes, maybe 15,000 transactions a second, that sort of thing," the respondent said. The company uses this to "generate recommendations, notifications and do big data analytics for targeted communications".
Some organisations cited cost as the reason for holding back. One head of IT for local government remarked that "moving to a cloud and a pay-as-you-go model increases [the department's] running costs".
"So for us it's partly the age of the hardware. Rather than replace it, we'll go to the cloud, but we may delay taking on that additional running cost by another year or two," the respondent said.
Nevertheless, 75 per cent of organisations surveyed said that their use of cloud services will increase in the next 12 months, and only 18 per cent believed that things will stay the same.
Two per cent indicated that they will use fewer cloud services in the future, while five per cent 'don't know'. The research also found that 42 per cent of those surveyed believe that 'cloud first' will be the natural order of things by 2019. µ
To hear more results from this research come to the Computing Cloud and Infrasture Summit 2016 on 22 September. This free, all-day event is being held at a venue next to London's Fenchurch Street Station, and you can expect to hear from a variety of industry peers and experts. Lunch is provided.
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