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13 Cloud Computing Stats for CIOs

Cloud adoption is saving governments time and money. Here are the numbers to prove it.

Cloud computing’s rise in popularity has been well documented by technology companies and governments alike. It’s important that the data be examined, especially by local governments, because it indicates an overwhelming acceptance of cloud services, driven heavily by employees’ personal use of the technology.

There are also a number of case studies emerging that point to a more efficient, less expensive future for local governments. In Somerset County, Maine, virtualized servers and cut the county’s operating budget by 40 percent, thanks to reduced power and cooling costs. The Southeastern Libraries Cooperating/Southeast Library System provides IT support for 88 libraries in 11 Minnesota counties. A move to Google’s cloud-based email saved the library system $21,000 almost immediately.

The benefits and side effects of the cloud are obvious. Here are a few important numbers that CIOs should pay close attention to:

$180 billion Estimated global cloud services market by the end of 2015 (Source)

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$131 billion Estimated global cloud services market by the end of 2013 (Source)

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50 million Number of physical servers in the world (Source)

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84% CIOs who cut application costs by moving to the cloud (Source)

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80% CIOs who get at least some of their infrastructure delivered through a private cloud (Source)

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73% IT staff who say employees’ personal use of the cloud has influenced enterprise adoption of cloud computing (Source)

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60% Server workloads that will be virtualized in 2013 (Source)

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60% CIOs who indicate that cloud computing is their top priority (Source)

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48% Percentage of the cloud market spent on advertising in 2012 (Source)

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47.3% Expected growth of global IaaS market in 2013, to $9 billion (Source)

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27% State and local governments that implemented cloud services in 2012 (Source)

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21% Annual savings of users who move apps to the cloud (Source)

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1/3 IT budgets to be spent on cloud computing in 2013 (Source)

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Sep 05 2013 Spice IT

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