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Businesses Believe the Cloud is the Future

The use of cloud computing in the business world is projected to increase in the coming years as executives tackle new objectives and pursue innovative endeavors to stay competitive. Because the cloud is so fluid and agile, organizations can embrace numerous projects without fear of encountering traffic bottlenecks and other performance issues. However, companies continue to implement different types of cloud environments for various reasons.

TheInfoPro, a service of 451 Research, recently conducted extensive interviews with technical professionals and decision-makers at large companies and found that approximately 60 percent of respondents believe the cloud is the natural progression of IT service delivery. Although internal clouds are still leading the charge, many experts believe" hybrid" strategies that combine in-house and external cloud services will soon become the norm.

"As organizations are completing their transition to a virtualized data center infrastructure, their focus is switching rapidly to cloud computing projects," said Peter ffoulkes, research director of cloud computing at TheInfoPro.

The cloud days cometh
The survey found that Software and Infrastructure as a Service activity has doubled to between 30 percent and 33 percent of respondents (respectively) within the past 6 months. This trend is primarily because organizations are embracing Big Data and other complex endeavors that require the use of sophisticated cloud software and infrastructure services that will not necessarily be bogged down by the inherent complexity of next-generation initiatives.

Gartner recently reported that global spending on IT is expected to total $3.7 trillion in 2013, up 2 percent from last year. Businesses are expected to make up a large portion of this spending as they pursue cloud computing, mobility, and Big Data initiatives—all of which will play major roles in their companies' long-term success.

Cloud computing in particular will account for significant spending in the enterprise because the technology promises to reduce the complexity associated with participating in multiple IT endeavors that will provide high return on investments. Progressive decision-makers need to plan ahead and work with experienced providers to implement the hosted services that align with their organization's specific needs and objectives. If Big Data initiatives are on the radar, for example, deploying cloud infrastructure services will likely help companies get to where they want to be in the next several years.

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