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'Cloud washing' accounts for surprising decrease in demand

4 Oct, 2016 10:22 am

A recent CompTIA survey revealed that despite the hype, business and IT executives are investing less in SaaS.

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According to the survey of 500 business and IT executives in July, cloud-productivity software adoption fell from 63 percent in 2014 to 45 percent; the use of cloud email was flat during both periods at 51 percent. And a mere 35 percent used cloud analytics/business intelligence software, compared to 53 percent in 2014. Out of 14 categories, only two were not in decline. These statistics run counter to almost every consultant's and research firm's findings.

The discrepancy can be put down to how many enterprises are "cloud washing", the practice of running an existing implementation of software on a virtualized server without using cloud services as described by the National Institute of Standards and Technology. 

True cloud services offer "automated, continuous upgrades, let alone the multitenancy, self-service, auto-scaling and usage-metering capabilities," according to the report. 
Transferring applications and data to a virtualized offsite server does not necessarily fit the definition of cloud services without multitenancy, automated and continuous upgrades automatic scaling, and usage-metering capabilities.
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