The advantages of cloud computing are, by now, well-known and oft-cited among chief information officers. The cloud offers unprecedented flexibility, quick and easy scalability and the ability to reduce overall IT expenses.
Increasingly, organizations are expressing confidence in cloud computing security to the point that they are willing to invest in cloud-based IT solutions for mission-critical applications and data.
According to a recent study, approximately 49 percent of CIOs now intend to increase the level of their investments in cloud computing technology in the coming year.
The study, conducted by Easynet Global Services, surveyed approximately 800 IT decision-makers across Europe about their overall cloud computing strategies.
According to the study's findings, approximately 57 percent of respondents said their organization could migrate to the cloud without the need for extra investment in existing networks. Forty-three percent, meanwhile, indicated they would need to upgrade their networks in order to adopt cloud computing solutions.
Justin Fielder, chief technology officer for Easynet Global Services, said "CIOs must realize that the ability to deliver to end-users is a vital element of any cloud strategy. Companies will not get the benefits they expect from cloud computing unless CIOs consider the entire scenario, not just where their data is stored.”
For many CIOs, the key factor driving a plan to migrate IT services to the cloud is financial. Approximately 55 percent of respondents said they believe moving to a cloud computing model will reduce IT expenses. Flexibility and scalability were also noted as important advantages of the cloud.
The study comes at a time when organizations of all sizes – and all types – are embracing the cloud enthusiastically. The city of San Francisco, for example, recently announced a large-scale cloud deployment for its new email system, which will serve approximately 23,000 employees across 60 departments.