Corporations with operations in multiple countries are increasingly turning to cloud offerings as they look to gain increased flexibility to expand capacity.
A survey of more than 100 global multinationals conducted by research firm Ovum found that cloud services adoption has increased 61% since April of 2010. In addition, the survey found at least 45% of multinationals are now using cloud sourcing for at least some elements of their IT services.
“We believe the majority of multinationals are currently between ‘early’ and ‘adolescent’ adoption phases of cloud-based services, with broader and deeper adoption being contemplated,” Evan Kirchheimer, leader of the enterprise services practice at Ovum, said in a statement.
“Greater adoption is dependent on the resolution of security, governance and reliability, and once these concerns are addressed through standardized, tested offers from service providers, more large enterprises will feel comfortable positioning the cloud as a preferred procurement option.”
The dominant area of cloud services uptake among multinationals is in backup and storage at 51% of respondent. A further 33% of respondents said they were looking to procure cloud data backup and storage services in the next 24 months.
Scalability and managing fluctuating demand was cited by 75% of respondents as the primary benefit of utilizing cloud services, followed by increased speed of provisioning at 72%. Retail sector respondents topped the poll in viewing scalability and matching capacity to demand as the primary benefit.
Asia-Pacific multinationals are reporting the greatest cloud interest with a 63% increase in adoption across all cloud services categories.
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