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The economy certainly isn’t at its best, and businesses are seeking more affordable options for the IT needs. In a recent survey conducted by service provider Rise, they discovered that one-in-three companies are unhappy with their current service providers and are looking for a change. Over 100 IT representatives were surveyed.

The results from the survey include:

  • Almost two-thirds of participants are looking to migrate to the Cloud within the next two years
  • 63% of participants identified cost and maintenance as the biggest challenge when it comes to managing existing IT systems
  • Over 50% of interviewees stated loss of control and security and storage as barriers to Cloud entry

Steve Holford, director of Rise, says that the results suggest that although there is still uncertainty surrounding the cloud movement, the cost benefits are making companies take a serious look at utilizing it.

Holford said, “The uncertainty hovering over the financial markets has acted as a bit of a wake-up call, forcing people to actively go out and see where savings can be made, and Cloud is most certainly one of those areas. The financial commitment that goes with maintaining an in-house IT infrastructure is huge, and Cloud computing represents an opportunity to do away with expensive upgrades and maintenance costs.”

The data suggests that, while cloud computing is rising in popularity, many companies are still hesitant when it comes to switching their services. Over 50% of respondents cited problems such as an overall lack of understanding of the technology and major security concerns. Some mentioned that the benefits were not immediately clear.

“The low cost adoption of Cloud can potentially lead to enormous cost savings for a business, and in the current climate these can’t be ignored. Instead of buying additional servers and storage devices that are used only a fraction of the time, employees can have access to Cloud applications and only pay for the amount of time actually used.“ Holford said.