IT shops will pass the cloud tipping point in 2016, survey finds

An IDG Enterprise survey of IT buyers indicates that, on average, more than half (56 percent) of a company's IT environment will be hosted in the cloud by the end of 2016, up from 44 percent today.

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Despite the persistence of security concerns, companies are moving a variety of IT and business operations to the cloud at a steady pace. Indeed, on average, IT leaders expect slightly more than half of their IT environment to be cloud-based by the end of 2016.

That's the conclusion of an IDG Enterprise recent survey of 962 IT decision-makers. The annual cloud survey represents the practices and opinions of technology buyers whose organizations have already moved at least one application or a portion of their infrastructure to the cloud, or who plan to do so.

"For the first time, companies can foresee a time when more than half of their IT environment will be in the cloud," the study concludes.

Currently, 8 percent of respondents boast an entirely cloud-based IT environment, according to this survey. On average, companies have 44 percent of their IT environment in the cloud. They anticipate that, over the next 18 months, adoption will creep up so that an average 56 percent of their IT environments will be in the cloud by the end of 2016.

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