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Cloud Computing Stats every CIO should know
30 October 2014


Essential Cloud computing Statistics

Cloud computing continues to grow in Australia.  In 2013 the International Data Center (IDC) reported 86% of Australian companies are using cloud computing in some way, this was up by 71% for 2012, a significant increase in anyone’s language.

In 2014 an IBISWorld Market Research Report has 438 businesses offering cloud technology, employing 1,588 staff and generating revenue of $601 million.  A growth industry.

SiliconANGLE an independent media company in January 2014 compiled this list of twenty Cloud Computing statistics which they believe every CIO should know and use when proposing a move to the Cloud.  These statistics are based on the USA experience but with IDC predicting the Australian public cloud services market will grow to a whopping A$2,671.9 million in 2017, meaning a compound annual growth rate of 24.7% for the 2013-2017 period, they are applicable to the Australian experience.

With increasing amounts of data requiring storage and an increasingly mobile workforce, the CIO needs to implement a safe, accessible, cost effective solution to address these and other emerging issues.  Deploying additional onsite storage systems may no longer be cost effective.  A hybrid solution could be an effective entry to Cloud Computing, retaining highly sensitive data onsite, while storing the remaining data in a data centre.




  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 centre traffic will triple from 2.6 zettabytes in 2012 to 7.7 zettabytes annually in 2017, representing a 25 percent Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR)
  14. Global data centre 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 centre 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

These statistics show Cloud Computing has gone far beyond being an emerging technology, given the take-up across the board.  While this technology is not a new concept, over a decade ago Application Service Providers were in a similar space, the focus has now shifted to data processing and communications, along with software services and the transition to the Cloud requires a shift in business strategy and policy.  The above numbers can be used effectively to demonstrate Cloud Computing as a valuable business tool.