Latest research studies examine enterprise cloud and big data adoption strategies


The latest figures on European cloud computing adoption, this time from managed services provider Easynet, shows only one in 10 enterprises are using public cloud.

The research, which polled 660 IT decision makers at companies with more than 1000 employees, found that cloud had been adopted by almost three quarters (74%) of European enterprises. In total, almost half (47%) used private cloud, compared with 17% utilising hybrid cloud, and the remaining 26% naturally staying on-premise.

The study found discrepancies – 17% of firms polled in Belgium use public cloud, ahead of the European average – and some less surprising results. The business and consumer services (30%) and IT and computer services (21%) were most likely to lead the trend towards adoption of hybrid cloud, while banking and financial services were among the most likely to favour private cloud.

Belgium, along with the UK, had the highest proportion of hybrid cloud users, with a 23% and 22% score respectively, while the government sector was most likely to opt for on-premise hosting (52%).

Elsewhere, a study from managed public cloud provider 2nd Watch has revealed three in five US companies are currently engaged in a big data project, with a further 20% soon to begin one. The leading force behind big data projects is predominantly the CEO (32%), followed by the CIO (25%) and line of business managers (18%).

The survey also revealed how strategic imperatives are changing to address the needs of big data deployments. Almost three quarters (71%) of those polled said their company had already adopted a new data warehouse or was considering purchasing one. Established enterprise database vendors, such as IBM (38%), Oracle (31%) and HP (24%) are the most likely choices.