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Windows Server 2003 End-of-Life to Drive Near-Term UK Cloud Adoption: Report

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UK cloud adoption has grown more than 60 percent since 2010, according to new research by the Cloud Industry Forum.

In a report released on Thursday, non-profit organization CIF also found that 78 percent of organizations in the UK have formally adopted at least one cloud-based service.

The research, conducted in June 2014, polled 250 senior IT and business decision-makers on their use of cloud, on-premise IT infrastructure and managed services. The report provides an update to research CIF conducted in September 2013.

Large private enterprises report 80 percent adoption, while organizations with less than 200 employees report adoption at around 75 percent. The public sector falls behind at 68 percent adoption. A recent report by Eduserv found that 83 percent of civil servants in the UK say their experience with the UK public sector cloud is poor.

While UK cloud adoption is at around 78 percent, the research also notes that 85 percent of organizations operate on-premise servers or data centers. This mix leads to a hybrid IT environment for the majority of organizations, CIF said.

“We have now conducted five research projects over 48 months looking at cloud adoption in the UK, and as such have a sound basis for assessment and evaluation of trends,” Alex Hilton, CEO of CIF said. “Over the next year we can say with some confidence that first time cloud adoption will increase by 12 points – or 15 percent in real terms. This means that 90 percent of all businesses in the UK will be formally using at least one cloud service by the end of 2015. In the near term adopting will be driven in part by the end of support for Windows Server 2003 that concludes in July 2015.”

According to the research, 72 percent of organizations make new IT deployment model decisions based around infrastructure research. Sixty-one percent of organizations are running Windows Server 2003, which Microsoft will be ending support for in July 2015. This will drive a new wave of opportunity for cloud services adoption over the next year, CIF said.

Web hosting, email, CRM, data backup and disaster recovery continue to be the most popular cloud services. This is followed by video conferencing, collaboration solutions, HR apps and data storage.

The majority of organizations (78 percent) run IT predominantly with in-house staff, while only 22 percent use a managed service provider. Use of a managed service provider is more prominent at smaller organizations with less than 20 employees. MSPs have been particularly useful in helping companies evaluate legacy hardware and adopt hybrid cloud solutions.


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