Five Cloud Stats CIOs Can’t Afford To Ignore

Filed in Cloud Industry Insights by Lizetta Staplefoote | May 7, 2013 9:25 am

Many CIOs still look cautiously toward the cloud – and rightly so. For large enterprises, making the move to cloud can be quite an undertaking and involve decision-makers from across the organization. The move also may require completely rethinking the way IT is provisioned. Despite the effort involved, it’s hard to ignore the payoff and long-term benefits of cloud. In the article 5 Reasons Cloud Computing is Enterprise Ready[1], we explore the top reasons CIOs need to consider cloud in their long-term IT strategy. Here are few intriguing stats from the article:

  1. Over the last five years, eight out of 10 data center owners have built or upgraded data center facilities, instead of taking advantage of cloud options to extend IT capabilities.
  2. More than 50 percent of cloud buyers are planning hybrid deployments to take advantage of cloud efficiencies and satisfy security and compliance needs.
  3. Cloud can save up to a week of downtime per year versus the typical enterprise data center.
  4. IT shops can combat the one-third of users who report using unsanctioned, rogue cloud services which put customer and proprietary information at risk and violate compliance mandates.
  5. More than 80 percent of IT decision makers fear cloud platform lock-in, a phenomena addressed by rapidly growing open cloud[2] platforms like OpenStack.

Read the full article[3] in the Rackspace Knowledge Center[4] for more stats and more reasons CIOs need to adopt a cloud-first strategy.

Endnotes:
  1. 5 Reasons Cloud Computing is Enterprise Ready: http://www.rackspace.com/knowledge_center/article/5-reasons-cloud-computing-is-enterprise-ready
  2. open cloud: http://www.rackspace.com/open-cloud/
  3. Read the full article: http://www.rackspace.com/knowledge_center/article/5-reasons-cloud-computing-is-enterprise-ready
  4. Rackspace Knowledge Center: http://www.rackspace.com/knowledge_center/

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