83% of businesses to increase cloud usage

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Cloud requirements are on the rise and businesses are set to increase usage — so say 83% of respondents in the latest Pulsant–commissioned research. Of that number, almost half (39%) said this increase would be significant.

The cloud computing, managed hosting and colocation expert also found that while colocation and cloud continue to co-exist, only 61% of respondents said their need for colocation would increase.

The research was carried out by Customer Satisfaction UK, an independent specialist consultancy. The objective of the study was to understand and investigate the needs, expectations, opinions and experiences of the sample with regards to cloud, IT and service providers. The sample comprised senior IT decision makers and C-level executives across UK-based organisations in a host of different industries.

The survey also found that this difference in growth between cloud and colocation wasn't reflected in IT budgets — respondents said 22% of their IT spend was on colocation, while cloud only accounted for 15% of budget.

"We've all been in the industry long enough to know that cloud migration isn't new. Instead, what organisations are focusing on is the way in which cloud is being used within their IT estates, and how they can properly leverage its benefits," says Matt Lovell, CTO, Pulsant.

Of those companies surveyed, 39% of infrastructure is already cloud based and 60% of that is private cloud.

"What we are seeing — and that's supported by the research — is that there's a definite move to use different cloud models and solutions to properly benefit the organisation and maximise their resources and their budgets. And this points towards an appetite for hybrid IT or multi-cloud environments. Of course migrating to a hybrid model has its own challenges, particularly around integration and management of these different environments, something that can be solved with the right partner and the right approach."

Pulsant recently launched Customer Connect — a hybrid cloud management platform that delivers secure, flexible and fast business IT services by integrating insourced, outsourced and cloud-sourced capacity and resources — that to address this challenge.

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