According to technology research firm IDC, some 70% of CIOs will embrace a cloud-first strategy within two years. Today, 69% of IT executives use hosted infrastructure services in some capacity – a number that will grow by 2016. The reason? Cloud hosting services usually provide companies with performance and scalability at a lower price point than investing in infrastructure and servers themselves.
A recent study found that 88% of companies that had deployed cloud computing solutions had achieved cost savings, with most plowing funds back into the business to hire staff, increase salaries and drive product innovation. Companies that are using clouds typically leverage a hybrid approach:
- 60.8% use on-premises private clouds with a hosted private cloud
- 42.1% use on-premises private clouds with a public cloud
- 39.6% use a hosted private cloud with a public cloud
So what do IT executives really want from leading cloud service providers (CSPs)? Configuring Success: Leveraging Managed Cloud Hosting for Better Control and Compliance, a recent white paper issued by HOSTING, lists seven key cloud hosting items on every IT executive’s wish list including:
- Availability groups that provide continuous access to business-critical applications, processes and data.
- Geoload balancing to ensure that high-intensity workloads, such as analytics or reporting, are easily folded in with business-as-usual activities.
- Instant, cost-effective scalability to meet demand spikes or emerging growth requirements.
- Tried and tested disaster recovery capabilities that combine backup and replication for a total protection package.
Want to learn about the other items on their wish lists? Download Configuring Success: Leveraging Managed Cloud Hosting for Better Control and Compliance. In addition to examining IT executives’ true wants and needs, the complimentary white paper examines some of the concerns IT leaders may have about managed cloud services. It also analyzes how leading cloud hosting companies such as HOSTING are leveraging industry server platforms such as Microsoft SQL Server to create custom solutions to meet IT executives’ evolving needs and position them to leverage additional revenue opportunities in the cloud.