There is momentum building for individual business groups and units within an organization to seek out cloud solutions.
behind the cloud computing movement continues to accelerate as businesses move
from limited deployments to more comprehensive cloud solutions, according to
research published by CompTIA, the nonprofit trade association for the IT
industry. More than half (56 percent) of the organizations surveyed for
CompTIA's Second Annual Trends in Cloud Computing study said their investment
in cloud computing will increase by 10 percent or more over the next 12 months.
survey of 500 IT and business professionals in the United States involved in IT
decision-making took place in June.
additional investment will likely be accompanied by greater complexity in the
overall cloud strategy, such as moving to a hybrid cloud model or adopting more
advanced services beyond software as a service," said Seth Robinson, director
of technology analysis at CompTIA. "Organizations may begin exploring options
such as infrastructure as a service and platform as a service, which will allow
them to experiment with custom application development."
IT departments continue to be the prime driver behind the transition to the
cloud, the CompTIA study suggests there is significant momentum building for
individual business groups and units within an organization to seek out cloud
solutions. About one in five (21 percent) companies surveyed said they have
lines of business that pursue cloud solutions independently of the IT
software-as-a-service applications are easily accessible through the Internet,
making it relatively easy for business employees to use them without involving
the IT staff," Robinson said. "But there are risks in this approach, as lines
of business often do not have the same awareness of security and reliability as
the IT department. This has the potential to cause issues with business
continuity and data leakage."
survey also indicates that the expanded interest in cloud computing is
accompanied by a desire for more education about the technology. Although
general understanding of cloud computing has improved dramatically over the
past year, many users continue to have questions regarding details of cloud
2010 CompTIA cloud computing study found that 60 percent of end users desired a
clearer definition of cloud computing. In 2011, that number increased to 66
percent. Areas where users want more clarity include the types of cloud
computing offerings (software as a service, platform as a service and infrastructure
as a service) and the types of deployment models (public cloud, private cloud
that have spent time learning about and experimenting with cloud solutions
indicate they have a higher level of comfort with cloud computing. In the new
CompTIA study, 72 percent of these organizations feel more positive about cloud
computing now than they did one year ago. Another 25 percent report no change
in their perception.
those who feel more positively about the cloud than they did a year ago, the
primary reasons are the technical benefits and the ability to achieve other
business objectives," Robinson noted. "This finding is in line with data from
other CompTIA surveys, where the primary advantage of cloud computing appears
to be increased capability, not cost savings."