Backup and disaster recovery are amongst the key drivers of US enterprise cloud usage

Published: Tuesday, 16 February 2016 07:59

The majority of enterprises in the US plan to increase their spending on cloud computing by as much as 50 percent in 2016, according to a new study conducted by Clutch, a B2B research firm. At the same time, nearly 30 percent will maintain their current spending, and only 6 percent will reduce their cloud computing budget.

Clutch surveyed 300 IT professionals who work at medium and large enterprises using a full-service cloud computing platform and found that 47 percent identified increased efficiency as the main benefit of cloud computing.

The highest priority cited for enterprise cloud usage is file storage, at 70 percent, followed by backup and disaster recovery (62 percent), application deployment (51 percent), and application development and testing (46 percent).

The survey suggests that cloud service providers can appeal to enterprises by leveraging features that correspond to these prioritized tasks.

The full results can be found at