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Almost half the companies responding to a recent CompTIA survey use the cloud for business continuity and disaster recovery

With 90 percent of companies claiming some form of cloud usage, many organizations have moved to the next step, leveraging multiple cloud models in different combinations to optimize benefits and efficiencies, according to new research from CompTIA, the non-profit association for the information technology industry.

As cloud computing becomes a default part of the IT landscape, more companies are relying on cloud computing for business processes such as storage (59 percent), business continuity and disaster recovery (48 percent) and security (44 percent), CompTIA's Fourth Annual Trends in Cloud Computingstudy reveals.

"Once companies hit a stage where they are using cloud systems as a standard part of IT architecture, they weigh the pros and cons of various providers and models and continually shift to achieve the optimal mix," said Seth Robinson, director, technology analysis, market research, CompTIA. "A healthy percentage of companies are moving from one public cloud provider to another, moving from a public cloud provider to their own private cloud, or moving applications back on-premise."

CompTIA's study found that more than six in ten cloud users have made secondary shifts of infrastructure or applications following their original transition to the cloud.

  • Public to Public: The most popular type of move is from one public cloud provider to another. Factors for switching providers include security, costs, features, open standards, outages and customer service.
  • Public to Private: Many businesses may give the label ‘private cloud’ to a virtualized set of resources. A true private cloud employs software that manages resources automatically, dynamically allocating as needed without manual intervention.
  • Public to On-Premise: By far the primary motivation to move back to an on-premise system is security. Companies may simply move a particular application that gives them concern, while they still have less sensitive applications on public cloud platforms.

View a matrix of cloud business migration models at http://www.slideshare.net/comptia/enduser-cloud-migrations.

CompTIA's Fourth Annual Trends in Cloud Computing study is based on an online survey conducted in July 2013 of 501 technology or business professionals (end users) in the US and 400 IT channel companies.

A synopsis of end-user data from the report can be accessed on CompTIA's SlideShare page at http://www.slideshare.net/comptia/slideshare-2013-cloud-end-user-study

•Date: 6th September 2013 • US/World •Type: Article • Topic: Cloud computing

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