Headlines: July 2nd, 2012

Cloud computing has become mainstream in 2012 for providing IT facilities, but the public sector is slower to move into the cloud than private companies.

Cisco commissioned independent research amongst IT decision makers, in enterprises with more than 1,000 employees across a broad range of vertical sectors including government. The results clearly show that cloud has moved from hype to reality, with cloud now seen as a mainstream element of IT strategy.

Cloud computing, which allows oganisations to share resources, software and applications, has the potential to bring radical change to public sector ICT services. Using the cloud reduces costs and risks and brings scalability, and resilience.

The report finds IT decision makers within government are increasingly placing applications and services from across their business into the cloud and planning a 46 per cent increase by 2014. But only 24 per cent of government IT decision makers consider cloud as being critical and underpinning much of the organisations’ activity.This compares with 31 per cent in the private sector.

The message that cloud can deliver significant cost reduction is now resonating with the IT community and cost saving has become a top driver for adopting cloud. In CloudWatch 2011, reducing cost ranked fifth in a list of most important things when considering cloud, but in 2012 it ranks as the number one priority.

Security still remains the number one concern when putting services and applications in the cloud. But that concern is noticeably less pronounced than in last year’s report and the use of public cloud is up 11 per cent, although private cloud still dominates.

Ian Foddering, Chief Technology Officer and Technical Director, Cisco UK and Ireland said: “This new report validates a shift that many of us in the IT industry have been witnessing first hand over the last 6-12 months. Cloud usage has now gone mainstream. After several years of ‘hype’ across the IT industry, it now seems that cloud is maturing and organisations across a broad range of sectors are realising the benefits of moving to a cloud model.”

PUBLIC SECTOR BEHIND THE CURVE AS CLOUD COMPUTING BECOMES MAINSTREAM

Cloud computing has become mainstream in 2012 for providing IT facilities, but the public sector is slower to move into the cloud than private companies.

Cisco commissioned independent research amongst IT decision makers,in enterprises with more than 1,000 employees across a broad range of vertical sectors including government. The results clearly show that cloud has moved from hype to reality, with cloud now seen as a mainstream element of IT strategy.

Cloud computing, which allows oganisations to share resources, software and applications, has the potential to bring radical change to public sector ICT services. Using the cloud reduces costs and risks and brings scalability, and resilience.

The report finds IT decision makers within government are increasingly placing applications and services from across their business into the cloud and planning a 46 per cent increase by 2014. But only 24 per cent of government IT decision makers consider cloud as being critical and underpinning much of the organisations’ activity.
This compared with 31 per cent in the private sector.

The message that cloud can deliver significant cost reduction is now resonating with the IT community and cost saving has become a top driver for adopting cloud. In CloudWatch 2011, reducing cost ranked fifth in a list of most important things when considering cloud, but in 2012 it ranks as the number one priority.

Security still remains the number one concern when putting services and applications in the cloud. But that concern is noticeably less pronounced than in last year’s report and the use of public cloud is up 11 per cent, although private cloud still dominates.

Ian Foddering, Chief Technology Officer and Technical Director, Cisco UK and Ireland said: “This new report validates a shift that many of us in the IT industry have been witnessing first hand over the last 6-12 months. Cloud usage has now gone mainstream. After several years of ‘hype’ across the IT industry, it now seems that cloud is maturing and organisations across a broad range of sectors are realising the benefits of moving to a cloud model.”

PUBLIC SECTOR BEHIND THE CURVE AS CLOUD COMPUTING BECOMES MAINSTREAM

Cloud computing has become mainstream in 2012 for providing IT facilities, but the public sector is slower to move into the cloud than private companies.

Cisco commissioned independent research amongst IT decision makers,in enterprises with more than 1,000 employees across a broad range of vertical sectors including government. The results clearly show that cloud has moved from hype to reality, with cloud now seen as a mainstream element of IT strategy.

Cloud computing, which allows oganisations to share resources, software and applications, has the potential to bring radical change to public sector ICT services. Using the cloud reduces costs and risks and brings scalability, and resilience.

The report finds IT decision makers within government are increasingly placing applications and services from across their business into the cloud and planning a 46 per cent increase by 2014. But only 24 per cent of government IT decision makers consider cloud as being critical and underpinning much of the organisations’ activity.
This compared with 31 per cent in the private sector.

The message that cloud can deliver significant cost reduction is now resonating with the IT community and cost saving has become a top driver for adopting cloud. In CloudWatch 2011, reducing cost ranked fifth in a list of most important things when considering cloud, but in 2012 it ranks as the number one priority.

Security still remains the number one concern when putting services and applications in the cloud. But that concern is noticeably less pronounced than in last year’s report and the use of public cloud is up 11 per cent, although private cloud still dominates.

Ian Foddering, Chief Technology Officer and Technical Director, Cisco UK and Ireland said: “This new report validates a shift that many of us in the IT industry have been witnessing first hand over the last 6-12 months. Cloud usage has now gone mainstream. After several years of ‘hype’ across the IT industry, it now seems that cloud is maturing and organisations across a broad range of sectors are realising the benefits of moving to a cloud model.”