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Montash blog: Cloud – why companies are moving to public and private cloud solutions

1/09/2015 by Sharon Shahzad

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Cloud technology and SaaS solutions are being adopted at an increasing rate with more large organisations than ever before moving either their infrastructure or applications into the cloud. 69% are now running cloud-based operations compared to 57% in 2012, while cloud investments have now soared to an annual average of $3.3 million. IT leaders also expect a quarter of their budgets to be allocated to products and services delivered by vendors such as Salesforce this year.

Companies are moving to the cloud because it gives them flexibility and increased efficiency, which can create a new business-wide culture of collaboration through real-time analytics. Automatic software updates and better disaster recovery are among the main advantages associated with the cloud. Research by the Aberdeen Group found that firms using the cloud were able to resolve problems four times faster than those using outdated, on-premise solutions. The cloud also allows employees to work anywhere and everywhere across any device and it enables organisations to use enterprise-class technology, which will make them more competitive. The cloud also reduces a firm's eco-footprint by at least 30% compared to on-site servers.

Public and private clouds

Cloud computing comes in two main forms: private and public. Private clouds offer a greater level of security as the infrastructure is maintained on-site while hardly any resources are shared with other organisations. A private cloud solution is ideal for firms that need to be compliant with strict security issues or are able to run a next-generation cloud data centre without running costs being an issue. Public clouds are provided over the internet so end-users are not responsible for managing it, which is more cost-efficient. Further benefits include the ability to scale service up or down depending on demand and an increase in the speed that IT resources can be deployed. The main drawback, however, is security.

The average cloud computing adoption rate in the EU currently stands at 19%. Finland has the greatest involvement in the cloud with more than half of its firms now using SaaS solutions for tasks such as email, office software and storing files. Enterprises in Iceland, Italy, Denmark, Sweden all recorded a 30% adoption rate in 2014 while 24% of firms are now using cloud services in the UK. There are now more than 18 million cloud computing jobs across the globe with China accounting for 40.1%. This huge market and the United States and India will continue to be the locations where the most cloud jobs are being created through 2016 while the UK, Russia and Germany will be the central hubs in Europe.

This article has been written by Harry Glover - Cloud Consultant, if you would like to discuss your Cloud recruitment requirements please contact Harry Glover on:+44 (0)20 7014 0231 or alternatively send an email to harryg@montash.com.

Montash is a multi-award winning global technology recruitment business. Specialising in permanent and contract positions across mid-senior appointments across a wide range of industry sectors and IT functions, including:

ERP Recruitment, BI & Data Recruitment, Information Security Recruitment, Enterprise Architecture & Strategy Recruitment , Energy Technology Recruitment, Demand IT and Business Engagement Recruitment, Digital and E-commerce Recruitment, Leadership Talent, Infrastructure and Service Delivery Recruitment, Project and Programme Delivery Recruitment.

Montash is headquartered in Old Street, London, in the heart of the technology hub. Montash has completed assignments in over 30 countries and has appointed technical professionals from board level to senior and mid-management in permanent and contract roles.


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