Ir­ish firms lag­ging be­hind peers in adopt­ing the cloud

The Irish Times - Business - - TECHNOLOGY - CIARA O’BRIEN

Ir­ish com­pa­nies are lag­ging be­hind their Eu­ro­pean peers in adopt­ing the cloud, a new sur­vey claims, as data vol­umes surge and more than a quar­ter ad­mit they don’t have the in­fra­struc­ture to deal with the rise.

The re­search con­ducted by data cen­tre com­pany Equinix found 64 per cent of Ir­ish firms are plan­ning to move more busi­ness func­tions to the cloud, com­pared with an av­er­age of 71 per cent in Europe, the Mid­dle East and Africa.

The study took in more than 1,200 se­nior IT pro­fes­sion­als in the EMEA re­gion, in­clud­ing 100 in Ire­land.

The av­er­age Ir­ish en­ter­prise spent €1.35 mil­lion on data stor­age, pro­cess­ing and han­dling in past 12 months.

Cloud ser­vices are be­com­ing in­creas­ingly im­por­tant to com­pa­nies, with 60 per cent of those sur­veyed cit­ing prox­im­ity to cloud ser­vice providers as an im­por­tant fac­tor in choos­ing data cen­tres in lo­cal mar­kets. That fig­ure was 67 per cent in Ire­land.

But there is still a wari­ness around the adop­tion of cloud ser­vices, with 70 per cent of firms in the EMEA re­gion say­ing there were cy­ber­se­cu­rity risks, and 45 per cent of com­pa­nies said they were pri­ori­tis­ing the im­prove­ment of their own se­cu­rity.

Data vol­umes are ex­pected to con­tinue to rise, with Ir­ish firms es­ti­mat­ing the next three years will see a surge of 72 per cent.

How­ever, 27 per cent of Ir­ish firms said they didn’t have the cor­rect in­fra­struc­ture to deal with these in­creas­ing vol­umes.

In­creas­ingly digi­tised

“As Ir­ish busi­nesses be­come in­creas­ingly digi­tised, they are con­sum­ing and pro­duc­ing record amounts of data,” said Mau­rice Mortell, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor for Ire­land and emerg­ing mar­kets at Equinix.

“We can see that en­ter­prises are in­vest­ing heav­ily in get­ting value out of this data and en­sur­ing it works best for their busi­ness. How­ever, there is still a large pro­por­tion of com­pa­nies that don’t have con­fi­dence in their dig­i­tal in­fra­struc­ture. In to­day’s world, dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion is non-ne­go­tiable – it is es­sen­tial for sur­vival and suc­cess.”

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