Enterprise cloud has reached a tipping point, according to Verizon’s 2013 State of the Enterprise Cloud Report.
The report is compiled from data collected from January 2012 to June 2013, and tracks adoption and usage trends, as well as what is expected and hoped for from enterprise-grade cloud services.
The report measures growth in demand for virtual machines, storage and memory, and identifies how organizations deploy cloud technologies.
The Verizon report shows that while demand for cloud-based memory and storage have increased by 100 percent and 90 percent respectively, VM deployment increased by only 35 percent.
Verizon points out that “enterprises are findings ways to increase cloud efficiency – meaning they are able to get more memory and storage capacity out of each virtual machine they deploy.”
Verizon also sees cloud environments becoming more mainstream, and being used by enterprise for more business functions and “external-facing” applications. Production applications have grown to 60 percent of cloud usage.
“With more critical applications residing in the cloud, uptime and availability are now essential,” according to Verizon’s report abstract. “Security and related compliance requirements are driving hybrid cloud growth in the enterprise and public sector, and require increased focus on your cloud provider’s data center. Moreover, growth in big data will drive cloud adoption as a result of the increasing demands and volumes associated with data management and analysis.”
As the cost and efficiency benefits of cloud adoption are realized by increasing numbers of enterprises, Verizon says mission-critical applications will continue to be moved to cloud-based infrastructure.
This continued maturation of the cloud heightens enterprise customers’ need for security, reliability and redundancy from their cloud services. Verizon discussed network security concerns in its 2013 Data Breach Investigations Report, released in April.