UK on Cusp of Cloud Boom

Cloud Computing is on the cusp of a major boon in the UK, largely driven by enterprises' desire to cut costs and become more scalable.

 By Ainsley Jones
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According to the National Outsourcing Association's "UK Cloud Adoption Report," the key period for cloud adoption will be 2010 to 2012. As it stands, cloud penetration sits at just 3 percent, but as enterprises seek increased scalability along with lower costs, the technology is expected thrive, says V3.co.uk.

Other drivers of cloud computing include the need to refresh or upgrade systems. Earlier this week, our Arthur Cole asked if there was room for the hybrid cloud and it appears that there is, as the majority of respondents favored using a hybrid cloud approach.

Despite cloud computing still being in its early days and enterprises still having security concerns, cloud computing for business is headed to the mainstream, says Mike Vizard at IT Business Edge. Vizard cites Deloitte Consulting analyst Chris Weitz, who believes cloud computing will become ubiquitous in the enterprise within the next three years.

This article was originally published on May 7, 2010
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