As cloud technologies mature and awareness of their benefits improves, more organizations in the United States and Europe are deploying cloud services to cut IT costs and optimize operations. U.S. companies are ahead of those in Europe in terms of cloud uptake, due to greater technology exposure and better macro-economic conditions, according to research from Frost & Sullivan.

Large enterprises are embracing cloud technologies more quickly than medium and small businesses, due to the need to optimize their larger, more complex communications infrastructure, the report says.

The study, “Future of Cloud Computing Technologies in Enterprises in the United States and Europe,” finds that 57 percent of cloud users are identified as “cloud reliant,” while 43 percent are “cloud lagging” or with an unfavorable view of the cloud. About 70 percent of the U.S. survey respondents and 56 percent of the European respondents that are using cloud technologies find these solutions to be highly effective.

"The majority of cloud-reliant users are in the United States, particularly in manufacturing, and in businesses of 20 to 500 employees, and businesses of over 10,000 employees," Karolina Olszewska, Frost & Sullivan research analyst, said in a statement. "In the future, however, the IT decision-makers in the United States, the government vertical sector and small businesses are expected to show the most marked increase in cloud technology adoption."

More than half of the surveyed companies in the U.S. and Europe have already moved 50 percent or more of their enterprise communications functions to the cloud, according to the report. Within the next three years, almost one-quarter of the companies are likely to migrate 76 percent or more of their communications functions to the cloud.

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