US companies embracing cloud computing more than others

The cloud is redefining the computing industry in more ways than one, allowing companies worldwide to lower operating costs and improve employee collaboration through process automation tools. Cloud computing is gaining steam on a global scale, but U.S. businesses appear to be leaders when it comes to leveraging hostedenvironments.

A recent survey of U.S. and U.K. organizations by Redwood Software found that nearly 60 percent of U.S. participants are using the cloud for private data storage while 35 percent of U.K. counterparts answered similarly. Forty-seven percent of American firms are leveraging the solution for capacity management and 24 percent of U.K. respondents are doing the same.

Automation is a key use of cloud computing and 30 percent of U.S. companies adopted the cloud for this reason, compared to only 14 percent of U.K. companies.

Tijl Vuyk, CEO at Redwood Software, said it is clear that American organizations are at the forefront of cloud computing, both in terms of confidence in the technology and knowledge of the solution.

“What will be interesting to see is whether this is a sign of things to come for U.K. businesses, and whether the perceived barriers to cloud adoption can be overcome,” Vuyk said. “It will also be fascinating to monitor the timelines involved with this change in mindset, and whether the U.K. will ever catch up to the U.S. or whether the U.S. will continue to lead.”

Uses for cloud computing go much deeper

A separate survey of more than 200 IT professionals by CloudPassage also highlighted that firms are using the cloud to address a number of needs. More than 40 percent of participants host external apps in the cloud, while 36 percent have migrated ERP, CRM and HR apps to hosted environments and 29 percent have done so with eCommerce systems.

Along with cloud computing, big data is perhaps one of the most significant trends impacting the IT landscape. To help manage these large information sets more effectively, 70 percent of IT professionals said their organizations will use public clouds in 2013 to support their big data needs.

Companies that have waited to adopt the cloud may want to do so sooner rather than later. As more firms worldwide realize the advantages of replacing outdated infrastructure, businesses that lag behind may be at a competitive disadvantage.