UK Cloud Adoption Continues to Rise – and WS2003 Shutdown Will Accelerate It Further

The latest figures released by Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) indicate that adoption rate of cloud computing in the UK is currently 84%. This number is expected to increase drastically as a result of Windows Server (WS) 2003 shutdown.

The recent Cloud Computing news forecasts that the support of WS2003 is likely to stop on July 14 2015 and various companies are delaying it to the last minute so as to finalise the data migration plans. Although, the Cloud Industry Forum results have confirmed it, 58% of companies that were part of the poll, are still in support of the server, down from only 2% as compared to the last year. One possible solution is to accept and adopt a hybrid cloud strategy, transferring simple data to the cloud based system but making the others to stay on premise till the time is right. As per Cloud Industry Forum this uptake will drastically increase the overall cloud adoption in the UK.

As per the recent research conducted by 250 senior business and IT experts and decision makers from the private and public sectors, around 78% of the businesses surveyed are using at least two cloud based services. It is predicted by CIF that in 2016 around 86% of firms based in UK will start using at least one cloud based service formally.

70% of businesses who have been polled and are using cloud services are predicting that the number will rise within a year, whereas 79% of the lot proposes that they include cloud services within their IT strategy.

It is expected that CRM is the application that is most likely to become cloud based in the next few months as per respondents, which is further followed by data storage, data recovery, collaboration services and email. Last month a prediction has been issued by Databarracks (disaster recovery specialists) that by the end of 2015 the data recovery service is going to be the most adopted cloud service.

The CEO of Cloud Industry forum, Alex Hilton has said that ‘Cloud computing has covered a long distance in a short period of time. From the verge of IT estate, cloud computing has managed to come in the centre, and it is now constantly being recognised as another way that we do IT’. In the end he also added ‘Most importantly, cloud computing is delivering