Most enterprises in the US plan to increase their spending on cloud computing by as much as 50% in 2016, according to a new study conducted by Clutch, a Washington, DC-based B2B research firm. Over the same time period, 30% of enterprises plan to maintain their current spending, while just 6% will reduce their cloud budget. This spending pattern indicates a massive growth opportunity for cloud service providers (CSPs), even as the infrastructure as a service (IaaS) market becomes increasingly dominated by so-called hyperscale vendors.
Clutch surveyed 300 IT professionals who work at medium and large enterprises that use a full-service cloud computing platform and found that 47% identified increased efficiency as the main benefit of cloud computing.
The highest priority cited for enterprise cloud usage is file storage, at 70%, followed by backup and disaster recovery (62%), application deployment (51%), and application development and testing (46%).
The survey suggests that cloud service providers can appeal to enterprises by leveraging features that correspond to these prioritized tasks.
Clutch’s enterprise cloud computing survey included 300 enterprises with more than 100 employees. The study also measured the cloud computing services used and the cloud infrastructure implementation processes practiced.
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