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February 3, 2010

Majority of companies using cloud computing plan to move additional apps to the cloud, says Mimecast

Security and integration do not prevent cloud computing adoption

By CBR Staff Writer

Among IT decision makers using cloud computing, 70% are planning to move additional offerings to the cloud, most within the next 12 months, indicating that those respondents have come to recognise the inherent ease of implementation, security features and cost-savings of cloud computing, according to a new survey from Mimecast.

The survey finds that 62% of all respondents have considered or are considering cloud computing. They ranked mature solutions and better integration with existing systems as their top two needs.

Among the respondents, who had considered cloud-based applications, 46% chose security as the main reason for not moving forward, 32% named existing infrastructure investments, while 26% said legacy/integration worries. Cost also continued to be a concern for those considering cloud computing, especially among government, healthcare and legal respondents.

Respondents who have already implemented the cloud, 81% of legal, 77% of retail, 75% of government, 74% of technology, 72% of healthcare and 68% of financial services were planning to move additional applications to it in the future.

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According to the study, top three industries adopting cloud computing applications are technology with 53% followed by financial services and legal with 40% and 37%, respectively. Government has the smallest adoption, with only 19% using cloud-based solutions.

Email and CRM proved to be the most valuable with 23% and 18%, respectively. 33% of the group have moved email management to the cloud, 26% deployed cloud-based CRM systems, 26% moved email archiving and 22% have moved storage functions.

The study found that primary motivation in adoption of cloud-based services is cost saving with 54%. 49% respondents said that the ability to make an enterprise prepared to respond to unexpected changes was the main reason for moving services to cloud.

Peter Bauer, CEO of Mimecast, said: “This research shows that once enterprises experience cloud-based applications, their fears about integration, reliability and costs are immediately alleviated. The survey’s results point to a bright future ahead for cloud computing as more and more companies look to the cloud to create an efficient and agile organisation.”

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