Flexibility of the Cloud rather than cost savings is the main reason behind a growth of organisations adopting the cloud, according to research.
According to a study by the Cloud Industry Forum, only 16 per cent of organisations chose cost savings as the primary driver for cloud adoption, compared with 53 per cent who outlined agility as the most important factor.
In both public and private sector organisations, flexibility was given as the main reason for the adoption of cloud, by 55 per cent and 52 per cent of organisations respectively - three times the number that cited cost savings as the main driver.
Andy Burton, chairman of the Cloud Industry Forum, said, "Over recent years the market has been primarily focusing on the cost savings afforded by cloud migration and yet, while financial benefits are achieved and do drive further investment from companies already using the cloud, it is the agility given to businesses to deliver new services, access technology quickly and to offer solutions that they did not already have, that has driven initial adoption."
Of 450 senior IT and business decision-makers, SMEs and public sector organisations polled, 48 per cent said they are using some form of cloud service, with larger companies more likely to use them.
Organisations that employ more than 20 people are at the forefront of the cloud revolution, as opposed to the small companies (defined as 20 employees or less) or public organisations.
The study found that the main cloud services in use are e-mail, back-up, disaster recovery, storage and web hosting services.
Around 85 per cent of those organisations questioned in the research currently using cloud services expect to increase their use in the next 12 months, with growth most likely to centre on these core applications.
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