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The cloud is going through a growth spurt. Here’s how it is measuring up.

Remember when you were little and your parents would record your height by making a pencil mark on your doorframe every time you grew an inch or two? We thought it was time to do the same for the cloud computing industry, since growth is happening fast!

To get the numbers we needed, Sungard Availability Services and EMC recently commissioned an important survey of businesses on their use of cloud technology and cloud recovery services.

The study, conducted by IDG Research Services, queried 132 IT professionals in companies of all sizes – from less than 1,000 to more than 10,000 employees – throughout the U.S. Here’s how the measurements worked out

Cloud Services: Undergoing a Growth Spurt
The most widely-used cloud initiative is Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), with 54% of respondents reporting SaaS applications already in place. Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) was second, followed closely by Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), with 40% saying they either are implementing these services now or plan to do so within 2 years.

Communication: A Head Above the Rest
The most common applications currently deployed to the cloud are email or messaging, followed by human resources, collaboration and conferencing solutions, and CRM/data storage.

Spending: Positioned for Increase
In terms of spending, 40% of those surveyed plan to spend the same amount in the future, while 50% plan to spend more on cloud services.

Concerns: Delaying Growth
The biggest concern about cloud services (and what’s holding others back from trying it): security (63%). Some companies are also hesitant because they are not convinced of the ROI (38%) or they have compliance concerns (34%).

Benefits: Multiplying Rapidly
The biggest benefits organizations have realized from using cloud services include improved efficiency (64%) and increased flexibility (58%). Improved collaboration and customer satisfaction were the runners up, with 42% and 39%, respectively.

Cloud Recovery: Gaining Ground
Cloud recovery is a specific cloud service that is gaining ground rapidly. The reason is simple: the more critical an application to an organization, the tighter the desired (or demanded) recovery times. The majority of those surveyed wanted a recovery time of 4 hours or less. They also indicated that the cloud was a key part of the solution, with 58% noting that faster recovery times and reduced disaster recovery (DR) costs were top benefits of cloud recovery.

As every parent knows, children seem to grow up before your very eyes. The same thing is happening with the cloud. Be ready for that growth, because cloud is soon going to become the biggest kid on the block!

Related Business Solution:  Cloud Services