The latest research from the Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) reveals that the overall cloud adoption rate in the UK now stands at 88% with 67% of users expecting to increase their adoption of cloud services over the coming year. However, while organisations are clearly taking a cloud-first approach, the industry body predicts that the vast majority of companies will be maintaining hybrid IT estates for some time to come.
The research polled 250 IT and business decision-makers in large enterprises, small to medium-sized businesses and public sector organisations. The majority of respondents (58%) described their organisation as having a hybrid approach to IT and 54% expect to eventually move their entire IT estate to remotely hosted cloud services, with 8% of the smallest organisations in the sample having already done so. Despite this, inhibitors to cloud adoption still remain, including concerns over data privacy (62%) and a lack of budget (35%), meaning that a ‘cloud-everything’ model is still not yet feasible for all organisations.