Enterprises right about cloud benefits, suggests survey

Enterprises right about cloud benefits, suggests survey

Organisations with more than 500 employees are beginning to reap the rewards of implementing a cloud computing system into their infrastructure, reducing costs and enhancing productivity.

That is the verdict of a new survey from IT firm Tata Communications, which canvassed the opinions of 1,000 senior IT decision-makers.

It found that 85 per cent of experts believe the hype surrounding the advantages of the cloud have been justified, while another 23 per cent said the implementation of the cloud had exceeded their expectations.

Increased productivity (69 per cent), better access to data (65 per cent) and reductions in costs (63 per cent) were cited as the main benefits enjoyed by cloud customers, while the report also indicated that off-site storage could overtake on-premise alternatives by 2024.  

While currently 28 per cent of enterprises are currently storing data on the cloud, that number is expected to increase to 58 per cent within the next ten years.  

John Hayduk, chief technology officer at Tata Communications, told eWEEK: "Some of the major challenges a business faces are getting their network to support a cloud platform. Whether that is a private cloud or public, either requires the network to be the “glue” that holds the cloud together.

"So getting the network to have the necessary performance and uptime is critical to making the cloud platform work."

While the use of cloud storage solutions are becoming increasingly popular with many companies up and down the country, some 94 per cent said they would be more willing to adopt a hybrid cloud computing model if connections with the public cloud were more predictable.

In terms of streamlining business process, some 67 per cent of respondents claimed they have experienced reduced delivery times to clients and partners, while another 54 per cent saw the delivery time of new services to new markets or geographies reduced.