48% of global orgs see having adequate security as an inhibitor to cloud deployment

Nearly half (48 percent) of organisations view having adequate security as an inhibitor to cloud deployment.

According to a new global study from Cisco on business cloud adoption, 95 percent of leading organisations with optimised cloud strategies have built a hybrid IT environment that uses multiple private and public clouds based on economics, location and governance policies.

Almost a third (29 percent) of cloud adopters are using cloud-based IoT applications.

IT decision makers in over 6,100 organisations across 31 countries that are successfully implementing private, public and hybrid clouds in their IT environments have provided responses for the research.

In the UK, 33 percent of organisations have no cloud strategy, but 70 percent are using or plan to implement some form of cloud. Only 27 percent are pursuing optimised, managed, or repeatable cloud strategies. Nearly two-thirds (65 percent) of cloud adopting businesses are using some form of hybrid cloud.

Furthermore, 63 percent of UK businesses are using some form of cloud, up from 42 percent in 2015. The increased adoption is being fuelled by cloud-native applications, including security and the Internet of Things.

“As this global cloud adoption study reveals, most organisations are still attempting to optimise their cloud strategies, but the three percent of organisations that have reached the highest level of adoption are reaping the most benefits. It also underscores that multi-cloud environments are the default scenario among a majority of companies worldwide, and successfully managing multi-cloud is a key attribute of mature cloud strategies,” said Robert Mahowald, group VP, IDC.