Cloud users better recognise benefits of hosted IT

Tuesday 4 December 2012

Cloud computing

Cloud computing users are developing a greater understanding of the benefits of the IT service delivery model, it has been claimed.

According to IDC, increased knowledge among buyers has pushed cloud services during 2012, leading to increased adoption levels.

Both business and IT managers are now fully aware of the benefits of the technology, and how best to utilise hosted services.

IDC expects this evolution to accelerate and business buyers to further test the capabilities of the available services and their chief information officers (CIO) to deliver them.

By 2016, the analyst envisages "a very different scenario", where cloud services have become an everyday sourcing option for the CIO and line of business managers alike.

The firm says this will force change on both the infrastructure vendors, the owners of business IP and the consumers of cloud services and technologies.

Chris Morris, IDC's lead analyst for cloud services, said that over the next 24 months CIOs' choices for cloud deployment will change.

"Hosted private cloud will become the enterprise preference for cloud deployments by 2015," he stated.

Last month, technology commentator Michael Moore said cloud hosting can help improve the security of online services and data.

Writing for, he claimed the platform offers many security features that are "incomparable with others".

Posted by Alex Boardman