Cloud computing is “on the verge of becoming mainstream”

28 January 2011

Cloud computing technology is on the brink of being accepted by mainstream businesses, a technology group has predicted.

According to the Cloud Industry Forum (CIF), the added value the technology can provider is “massive” and increasing numbers of businesses are becoming aware of this.

The statement from the organisation follows the publication of a report by Gartner, which revealed that the adoption of the cloud among chief information officers (CIOs) will rise by an estimated 40 per cent during the next five years.

Currently three per cent of CIOs run the majority of their technology services in the cloud or through Software as a Service, the survey showed.

Andy Burton, chairman of CIF and chief executive officer at Fasthosts, said: “Predictions that there will be a 40 per cent rise in adoption amongst CIOs is very encouraging for the industry and supports our vision that the cloud is on the verge of becoming mainstream for businesses of all sizes.

“Obstacles such as a lack of trust towards cloud computing has caused businesses to be reluctant to invest in cloud services.”

He predicted that the adoption of the cloud will allow firms to increase their business scalability and reduce costs.

Gartner’s survey questioned more than 2,000 CIOs accountable for more than $160 billion in public and private technology spending.

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