Most UK businesses foresee a time when they will shift their entire IT estate to the cloud, according to the Cloud Industry Forum (CIF).
Cloud service penetration among UK businesses is deepening, the industry body concluded, following its latest poll of 250 IT and business decision makers, which was conducted by research house Vanson Bourne in November.
Although the headline cloud adoption rate remained at 78 per cent for the second year in a row, the proportion of firms using at least two cloud services is increasing, said CIF, whose members include Microsoft, Cisco and Computacenter.
Of those that have adopted, three use at least two services and 12 per cent have deployed five or more.
Perhaps more startlingly, more than three in five (63 per cent) said they foresee a time when their entire IT estate will be in the cloud.
The percentage of organisations using cloud is likely to rise to 85 per cent in the next two years, CIF added.
"The IT landscape is clearly shifting as businesses become more open to receiving IT as-a-service and arrive at their natural technology refresh cycles," said CIF CEO Alex Hilton.
"The proportion of organisations operating on-site servers/datacentres has dropped from 85 per cent in 2014 to 76 per cent today. This change could be attributed to the increase in those organisations that consider infrastructure refresh to be an opportunity to adopt alternative deployment models such as cloud, which has risen to 85 per cent from 71 per cent a year ago."
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