LONDON, June 8, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --
Research commissioned by global managed services provider Easynet finds three quarters of companies use cloud computing with the majority opting for private cloud
Cloud computing has now been adopted by 74% of European enterprises across Europe with the vast majority of them (and 47% of the total) using private cloud as the predominant approach, according to a survey commissioned by global managed services provider Easynet.
The research found on-premise hosting to be the second most popular approach (26%) while hybrid cloud, the combination of using private and public cloud, was shown to be a significant alternative form of the technology with almost one in five (17%) of companies now using it as their main form of cloud computing. The survey was carried out on IT decision-makers at companies with over 1,000 employees across sectors in UK and Europe.
The least popular form of cloud computing was found to be public cloud. Only one in ten companies (11%) across Europe were found to be using this as their main approach although this figure was higher in Belgium where 17 % of companies predominantly use public cloud.
Belgian enterprises, together with UK companies, are also the keenest users of hybrid cloud with 23% and 22% of firms respectively using this as their main approach. Interestingly, the research revealed that hybrid and public cloud approaches are more likely to be used by respondents whose organisation manages their multiple CSPs via an integrator.
Across Europe, enterprises in the business and consumer services (30%) and IT and computer services (21%) are unsurprisingly leading the trend towards adoption of hybrid cloud while companies in utilities were found to be the least inclined to opt for hybrid with only 3% in this sector doing so. Banking and financial services, together with utilities were found to favour private cloud (52% and 59% of them chose this solution respectively), whereas government was the sector most reluctant to move to the cloud, opting primarily for on-premise hosting (52%).
One possible explanation for enterprise reticence to go beyond private and on-premise cloud is the lingering fears around security and privacy. The survey found that the main challenges to the uptake of cloud technology were data security/trust (62%) and data privacy regulation (48%).
Adrian Thirkill, UK MD for Enterprise at Easynet said; "As volumes of corporate data continue to grow, European enterprises are acknowledging the importance of cloud computing for storing and managing data. While private cloud is currently the most popular form of the technology, almost a fifth of European companies are now deploying hybrid cloud, which allows them to store business-critical data in their private cloud and less critical data in the public cloud. We have helped businesses throughout Europe reap the benefits of hybrid cloud. This balanced mix of cloud technologies offers enterprises the highest security and cost efficiency, enabling them to get on with their core business knowing that their enterprise data is secure and accessible."
About the research:
The survey was carried out by global technology market research company, Vanson Bourne, in Nov-Dec 2014 across Europe on IT decision-makers of companies with over 1,000 employees across all sectors. In total 660 interviews were undertaken from: UK (200), France (100), Germany (100), Italy (100), Spain (100), Belgium (30), Netherlands (30).
Easynet is a leading managed service provider with over twenty years' experience delivering integrated networks, hosting and unified communications solutions to national, international and global customers. Enhancing these core areas of expertise is a range of complimentary services including colocation, security, voice and application performance management.
Easynet has established relationships with key vendors, government bodies and industry standard accreditors and operates to a number of recognised industry standards, including ISO9001, ISO14001, OHSAS18001, ISO20000 and ISO27001. Easynet is also one of a select number of managed service providers approved and appointed by the Government Procurement Service to assist the UK Government in its mission to create a network of networks.
Easynet's mission is to deliver integrated solutions that enable an organisation to collaborate more effectively, operate more efficiently and improve customer engagement by their connecting people, sites and machines in a secure and reliable way.
Customers include Sports Direct, EDF, Bouygues UK, Anglian Water, Bridgestone, Q Park and Campofrio Food Group.
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