Enterprises Cram Into the Cloud, Even As Adoption Hurdles Remain

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Big businesses are embracing cloud computing.

A survey of IT professionals in North America and Europe found that more than 80 percent of enterprises are using at least one cloud service, according to CA Technologies, the IT management software company that sponsored a recent survey conducted by Management Insight.

The survey found that organizations are primarily exploring cloud services to control costs and save money. IT staff also want to increase efficiency and work with the latest technologies, CA Technologies said.

Ninety-two percent of the largest enterprises have at least one cloud service, according to the survey of 434 IT professionals who work in organizations with between 1,000 and 10,000-plus employees.  

The survey also revealed that a little more than half of IT professionals who have embraced the cloud indicated having implemented about six cloud services.

“This study confirms that large enterprises are exploring the benefits of the cloud, and are looking to expand from basic services like collaboration to more complex infrastructure and Platform cloud services," said Adam Famularo, general manager of CA Technologies’ cloud computing business.

The survey found collaboration tools led cloud deployments, with hosted e-mail, antivirus/spam filters and Web conferencing ranking as the most common applications.

CA Technologies concluded that “the study confirms large organizations are embracing public and private clouds."

But hurdles to adoption remain. CA Technologies noted that executives remain concerned over security and poor service quality. Also, half of survey respondents cited risk of job loss and loss of control as deterrents to cloud computing.

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