One of America’s greatest authors (in my opinion and one likely shared by book lovers everywhere) was Samuel Clemens, otherwise known as Mark Twain. Author of such literary classics such as “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” and “Tom Sawyer” Twain was also a celebrated raconteur, famously feted (and frequently savaged) for his off-the-cuff remarks that were as simultaneously sublime as they were scathing.
In fact, just to be sure he wouldn’t offend everyone he encountered, not the immediate target of his vitriol nor that of his or her descendants, some of Twain’s most provocative writings were not even published until 100 years following his death. On that count I highly recommend the two-volume (soon to be three) volume set, “The Autobiography of Mark Twain.” In fact, I challenge you to find another author who could offer up hundreds of ideas, opinions and assorted anecdotes, all of them unpublished and unseen by the general public until a century after the great man’s death.
So, what’s the point? Well, during Twain’s lifetime (and famously attributed to him), he once said, “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics.” For the purposes of this post we shall concern ourselves only with the final element of this group and, contrary to how Twain held them, this group of 20 statistics (on cloud computing, courtesy of Jack Woods and the online news portal Silicon Angle) are all based in fact.
1. By 2015, end-user spending on cloud services could be more than $180 billion
2. It is predicted that the global market for cloud equipment will reach $79.1 billion by 2018
3. If given the choice of only being able to move one application to the cloud, 25% of respondents would choose storage
4. By 2014, businesses in the United States will spend more than $13 billion on cloud computing and managed hosting services
5. Throughout the next five years, a 44% annual growth in workloads for the public cloud versus an 8.9% growth for “on-premise” computing workloads is expected
6. 82% of companies reportedly saved money by moving to the cloud
7. More than 60% of businesses utilize cloud for performing IT-related operations
8. 14% of companies downsized their IT after cloud adoption.
9. 80% of cloud adopters saw improvements within 6 months of moving to the cloud
10. 32% of Americans believe cloud computing is a thing of the future
11. There’s an estimated 1 exabyte of data stored in the cloud
12. More than half of survey respondents say their organization currently transfers sensitive or confidential data to the cloud.
13. Cisco forecasts that global data center traffic will triple from 2.6 zettabytes in 2012 to 7.7 zettabytes annually in 2017, representing a 25 percent CAGR.
14. Global data center traffic will grow threefold (a 25 percent CAGR) from 2012 to 2017, while global cloud traffic will grow 4.5-fold (a 35 percent CAGR) over the same period.
15. From 2012 to 2017, data center workloads will grow 2.3-fold; cloud workloads will grow 3.7-fold.
16. 2014 is the first year the majority of workloads will be on the cloud as 51% will be processed in the cloud versus 49% in the traditional IT space.
17. 545 cloud services are in use by an organization on average
18. 56% of survey respondents trust the ability of cloud providers to protect the sensitive and confidential data entrusted to them
19. 59% of all new spending on cloud computing services originates from North American enterprises, a trend projected to accelerate through 2016
20. 38% of enterprises surveyed break out cloud computing budgets, while 60% include cloud-related spending as part of their enterprise-wide IT budgets
So, if you’re a CIO who needs to convince management of cloud computing’s value (or you’re an IT line manager who needs to do the same with your CIO), feel free to share any or all of these. You’re welcome.