Cloud services in the UK continue to grow

Cloud services in the UK continue to grow

The rise in the adoption of cloud technology across the UK looks set to continue, according to new research.

A study conducted by the Cloud Industry Forum (CIF), a body dedicated to supporting cloud providers, found that 78 per cent of companies across the UK are using cloud services for at least one application.

The research was carried out in June 2014 and found that the overall rate of cloud adoption in the UK has grown by 15 per cent since the previous study back in September 2013.

It adds that the cloud's popularity is set to continue over the course of the next year, with data suggesting growth of as much as 20 per cent by the end of September 2014.

Cloud adoption across the UK has subsequently risen by 61.5 per cent since 2010, which was when the first annual study was conducted.

The use of such platforms is particularly prevalent among larger firms, 80 per cent of which claimed to be using the cloud, with another ten per cent stating they were using it to run five or more services.

There was also positive feedback from small to medium-sized business (SMBs), with 75 per cent claiming they used the cloud, while another ten per cent said they were running more than five applications.

The study found that the main reasons for introducing the cloud included the added flexibility that comes with such a platform.

This concern was the primary driver for companies in the private sector, while public sector services claimed the savings in operational costs were the most pressing consideration.

Another key finding of the research was that enterprises in the UK predominantly prefer to implement a hybrid system, with around 85 per cent of cloud users also continuing to run on-premises servers or datacentres.

Clare Barclay, general manager of Microsoft UK, and member of the CIF, said: “What is clear is that hybrid IT is fast becoming the principal technology within business. The research has confirmed that the role of IT is now firmly established as an enabler of services, business agility and transformation rather than just a cost-centre to deliver services and devices.”