IT professionals are increasingly hitching a ride aboard the cloud bandwagon, a new survey shows. Nearly half of them (44.4 percent) will be moving applications to the cloud during the next year, and a third of IT professionals plan to have the cloud host up to half their applications.The one surprise in the survey was that large businesses, which are traditionally extremely wary of potential security breaches when they have assets outside their physical control, were more favorable to cloud-based solutions than smaller organizations were.
Nearly half of IT professionals (44.9 percent) are already running some applications in the cloud, according to a survey of more than 700 IT professionals sponsored by Qumu, a business video platform provider. The top applications include email (25.9 percent), storage (24 percent) and document management (13.9 percent).
Enhanced security is the big draw for 30 percent of IT pros. Other perceived benefits include costs savings once deployed (26.9 percent), better mobility support (25.9 percent), time saved not having to update infrastructure (22 percent) and quick deployment (18.5 percent).
Large businesses are the leaders in running current applications in the cloud, outpacing small- and medium-size businesses (SMBs) by an adoption margin of 51 percent to 42.4 percent. Larger enterprises are also more likely than SMBs to see benefits in migrating applications to the cloud (59.5 percent versus 47.3 percent).
"The results showing that large enterprises are more inclined to cloud applications are somewhat surprising," said Ray Hood, senior vice president and general manager of Qumu. "Some may expect large companies to be concerned with cloud security. We believe that larger companies have more history with IT outsourcing and see the cloud as the logical next step."