LONDON, UK, 26, October,
2011 - 68% of enterprise business in the UK have either
fully or partly adopted cloud technologies, according to a study
commissioned by data storage and management specialist, NetApp.
The independent research, conducted by Vanson
Bourne, surveyed the opinions of 200 IT decision makers across the
UK and found that UK businesses are at very different stages of
cloud adoption. According to the research, over two-thirds of
businesses with 1000+ employees have chosen to adopt cloud and
future-proof their IT, with 43% having cloud technologies in place
and considering more.
However, this isn't necessarily true of all
UK businesses, as when including the SME market, 12% of IT
professionals report that their business is not using any cloud
technology. The survey also revealed that despite cloud being well
publicised over the past few years, 1 in 5 businesses were still in
discovery phase and not reaping the flexible and efficiency
benefits which cloud has to offer.
"Cloud has in many ways changed the way in
which customers buy and vendors and partners sell IT solutions. At
NetApp we have worked hard to stay ahead of this changing landscape
and continue to provide our customers with future ready IT that is
both flexible and efficient" says Pete Rawden, Partner Sales
Director, UK & Ireland for NetApp. "We strive to enable our
partners to go to market with the right tools, training and
solutions to maximise the opportunity cloud can present to both
current and future customers."
Of the organisations polled, 63% of
respondents moving to the cloud were from financial services. This
was followed by those in retail, distribution and transport where
39% claimed they were moving to the cloud. In contrast, the
manufacturing industry was least in favour of moving to the cloud
as 22% of respondents not using cloud technologies were from this
Pete Rawden, Partner Sales Director, UK &
Ireland for NetApp comments: "Sectors such as finance have
stereotypically led the way in adopting new technologies. However,
we are starting to see other industries embracing the benefits of
cloud and there will be lots more opportunity for vendors and
partners as cloud adoption increases in the UK."
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