Microsoft, IBM, Amazon, Google and Cisco are the top five cloud service providers for North American enterprises, an Infonetics Research survey revealed.
Factors driving enterprise respondents’ adoption of off-premises cloud include increased performance, agility, scalability, and reduced costs, the survey said.
Cloud-as-a-service (CaaS) adoption grows through 2016, while infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), platform-as-a-service (PaaS), and software-as-a-service (SaaS) decline.
CaaS appeals to businesses because it is an automated and pre-configured application execution environment operated on their behalf by a CSP.
The cloud spells disruption and opportunity for network equipment vendors: North American enterprises believe that shifting to the cloud will make it necessary to consider alternate vendors and demand better LAN and WAN performance.
For over 3/4 of businesses surveyed, a CSP’s security reputation is a critical factor in the cloud vendor selection process.
“Our latest cloud strategies study shows that hybrid cloud will see a significant increase in adoption over the next two years, growing from 30 percent of respondent enterprises today to 46 percent by 2016,” said Cliff Grossner, directing analyst for data center, cloud, and SDN at Infonetics Research.
Grossner said this is driving a new architecture for the data center with virtualized servers, storage, and networks where applications are automatically deployed by data center orchestration software.