45% of UK firms to increase cloud budget

45% of UK firms to increase cloud budget

The popularity of cloud computing among firms across the UK looks set to continue, with new research suggesting that 45 per cent of companies intend to increase their cloud budget over the course of the next 12 months.

A survey conducted by Tech Target found that the UK currently has a much larger appetite for cloud computing than in the rest of Europe, with only 31 per cent of firms stating that they would increase the amount spent on cloud computing over the course of the next year.

The findings of the survey also suggest that the proportion of British companies currently considering the implementation of a private cloud system is in line with the European average of 25 per cent.

Another key finding was that nearly a third of UK firms considered the use of a third-party cloud provider over the course of the year; more than France (19 per cent), Germany (20 per cent) and the rest of Europe (22 per cent).

According to analysts, one of the main drivers for such a widening gap (Europe recorded a rate of 25 per cent the previous year) is the recent  series of scandals relating to governmental spying on cloud systems, which caused more controversy on the continent than in the UK.

According to Computer Weekly, the difference in attitude is most visible in the way firms express willingness to use software as a service (SaaS) firms and managed service providers (MSPs).

Out of all the companies across Europe intending to work with a cloud service, 44 per cent said they would consider using an SaaS provider, while 35 per cent said claimed they would be interested in an MSP. Such numbers are in stark contrast to companies in the UK, which were 57 and 49 per cent respectively.

Finally, the report added that 39 per cent of British businesses were planning to work on hybrid cloud integration over the course of the next 12 months, ahead of the average of 33 per cent recorded in Europe.