Cloud computing is here to stay

Data and statistics about cloud computing.

Man working at a desk in a field with clouds behind him – cloud computing

According an interesting post on Wired today:

  • According to AMD (1/12), 70 percent of businesses are either using or investigating cloud computing solutions.
  • According to an IBM survey (2011) of 2,000 midsize companies, two-thirds were planning or had already deployed cloud-based technologies, and 70 percent were actively pursuing cloud-based analytics for greater insight and efficiency.
  • 90 percent of Microsoft’s 2011 R&D budget was spent on cloud computing strategy and products.
  • In a 2011 Avanade-commissioned study of C-level executives from 18 countries to learn how cloud computing is being used in the enterprise, it found:
    • 60% reported cloud computing as their highest IT priority.
    • 74% are already using some form of cloud computing technology.
    • 64% are investing in training new and current employees on their cloud expertise.
  • Worldwide IT spending on cloud computing has increased more than 25 percent from 2008 to 2012.
  • 30% of small and mid-size businesses (SMBs) used cloud software in 2011.
  • A study by Mimecast in 2010 found that 70 pecent of companies that were using cloud computing services are willing to and will move new applications to the cloud.
  • 48 percent of U.S. government agencies moved at least one workflow to the cloud following the new requirement that federal agencies adopt a “cloud-first” policy.
  • 41 percent of senior executives say they are using or plan on using some kind of private cloud.
  • Cloud providers have increased personnel from nil in 2007 to over 550,000 in 2010.

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