The business adoption of cloud computing models remains strong as the cloud computing adoption rate for individual users continues to rise.
A recent study conducted by North Bridge Venture Partners indicated that more and more companies are beginning to trust cloud computing adoption for their IT solution needs.
The reasons for this are wide and varied– and you can read more specifically about the study here.
However, it was identified that the primary motivator for the business adoption of cloud computing (at 57%) was “scalability”. This seems to confirm logical reasoning. Cloud computing adoption rates are increasing as computers are relied upon more and more for daily functioning. Rather than constantly replacing or supplementing onsite computing resources, businesses can give employees access to adjustable databases in the cloud.
It is also no surprise then that the primary concern for businesses (at 55%) was “security”. Cloud computing adoption requires a release in security control that some businesses and individuals find inhibiting. Businesses generally choose to implement one or more of the steps in the cloud computing adoption model below, but there is no step in this or any model that will ensure complete data security.
While the study did not report on the trends in cloud computing adoption models among individual users, it is apparent that consumers are driving the demand for more cloud-based services. Programs like Dropbox and sites like Sendspace are freeing up the hard drives of users around the world by hosting large files that would be tedious to store locally or send via email.
This also brings up the fact that most individual users have adopted cloud-based programs such as Yahoo, Gmail and even Facebook for their emailing needs. The transparency of security policy has been brought to the forefront as consumers relinquish their data to these companies in exchange for convenience.
You can read more about the disadvantages of cloud computing in this previous article from Technology Chronicle.
It seems, however, that both individuals and businesses are increasingly willing to trust such companies. Cloud computing adoption rates remain strong and businesses continue to seek out a cloud computing adoption model in order to make the transition.
It is worth noting that a decrease in either the business adoption of cloud computing models or the cloud computing adoption rate of individuals does not necessarily mean that cloud users are decreasing. Once a certain threshold of cloud computing adoption is reached, there will be fewer and fewer potential new users to support perpetually high rates.
So regardless of rates and statistics, it looks like cloud computing is here to stay.