On 2014’s final stretch the CloudCatalyst Consortium released the first highlights of the External Environment Analysis Survey. A Survey, with more than 300 respondents, which intended to identify the main indicators on the Cloud adoption: latest trends, main market players, drivers and barriers and decision making patterns.

Simultaneously, the European Union disclosed their data on the main European Cloud tendencies turning available the information crossing and the reaffirmation of our initial results. Check out below our new perspectives on the European Clouds!

 

CLOUD COMPUTING | HOW ARE COMPANIES GETTING INTO THE CLOUD?

The essential condition for the use of Cloud Computing is Internet access, according to the EU data this is a condition covered by 97% of European companies. Even though the high percentage of Internet service access only 19% of the enterprises take advantage of Cloud Computing (only one in five countries). Actually the main enterprises using the Cloud are from  Information and Communication sector and other Scientific and Technical firms.

 

- IT Departments are not an obstacle -

 

According to our results, almost 70% of the Cloud solutions adopted are the SaaS (66.5%) and the IaaS (57.6%). It is also verified that deployment models of Public and Private Cloud are still clearly predominant.

Nowadays, a major share of companies consider implementing Cloud Solutions internally (80%). This reveals that IT departments intend to anticipate the Cloud arrival, as a way to lead the implementation process.

However, it is expected that the Hybrid Cloud – PaaS to have the fastest growth in the next years, with 26% of the respondents expecting to use it in their organization up to then.

 

- More than 70% of Cloud Solutions are SaaS. A great part of companies considers the use of Public Systems as a way to complement the internal systems, but without resorting to Hybrid System. -

 

SERVICES & SOLUTIONS

On the top used services are E-mail and Online Storage, (66% and 53% respectively, EU data); on the other hand we find Back Office for Human Resources or Accounting and Business Intelligence on the bottom used services.

In the category of the Cloud Solutions the preferred ones are Amazon, Microsoft, and Google – Public Solutions; and VMware, OpenStack and OpenNebula – Private Solutions.

 

DRIVERS AND BARRIERS FOR THE CLOUD

Over 60% of the respondents values the Cloud aspects which enhance the service quality; this being the most important drivers are greater scalability, availability and faster access to the infrastructure.

Cost is a relevant part of the choice (51%), mainly when it is referred to the transformation of CAPEX into OPEX.

In fact, as claimed by the EU report, these drivers are essential characteristics for the adoption of the Cloud, these along with the possibility of On Demand Self-Service and Services Payable per user, or pre-paid.

 

When it comes to the main inhibitors, the interviewed elements stated Cloud Security, vendor lock-in and integration.

Moreover the EU report concludes that the majority of companies has not adhered to the Cloud due to insufficient knowledge and the risk of security breach. In fact, the lack of expertise and knowledge of contractual and legal aspects, and details of technical implementation can make or break the decision for the Cloud.

Even though with security being considered as an inhibitor, more than 60% of companies considers that the Cloud’ Security is equal, or superior, to the one they have internally. And, over 70% believes to be well informed on the location of information.

 

This and more information on the full final CloudCatalyst report which will be included in our toolbox, available on June 2015. Stay tuned for more updates!