Friday, December 02, 2011 5:11:15 PM
Businesses continue to drive cloud computing growth, as IT managers realize the technology's cost-cutting and productivity potential and research increasingly reports cloud adoption will soon skyrocket.
According to Gartner, a global leader in IT research, enterprises are rapidly transitioning IT tasks to the cloud, a trend that will become even more apparent within the next few years.
"The continued trends toward consumerization and cloud computing highlight the movement of certain former IT responsibilities into the hands of others," said Daryl Plummer, managing vice president of Gartner. "As the world of IT moves forward, CIOs are finding that they must coordinate their activities in a much wider scope than they once controlled. While this might be a difficult prospect for IT departments, they must now adapt or be swept aside."
By 2016, more than 50 percent of Global 1000 companies will store confidential customer information in the public cloud, Gartner estimates, while 20 percent of organizations already deposit some customer data in a hybrid environment.
Meanwhile, an International Data Corporation report predicts 80 percent of new commercial enterprise applications in 2012 will be implemented in the cloud, adding to the vast amount of research that concludes cloud computing growth is just beginning.
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