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industry news Gartner says by 2020 ‘cloud shift’ will affect more than $1 trillion in IT spending More than $1 trillion in IT spending will be directly or indirectly affected by the shift to cloud during the next five years, according to Gartner. This will make cloud computing one of the most disruptive forces of IT spending since the early days of the digital age. ‘Cloud-first strategies are the foundation for staying relevant in a fast paced world,’ said Ed Anderson, research vice president at Gartner. ‘The market for cloud services has grown to such an extent that it is now a notable percentage of total IT spending, helping to create a new generation of start-ups and “born in the cloud” providers.’ IT spending is steadily shifting from traditional IT offerings to cloud services (cloud shift). The aggregate amount of cloud shift in 2016 is estimated to reach $111bn, increasing to $216bn in 2020. Cloud shift rates are determined by comparing IT spending on cloud services with traditional non-cloud services in the same market categories. In addition to the direct effects of cloud shift, many markets will be affected indirectly. Identifying indirect effects can help IT asset and purchasing managers ensure they are getting the best value out of new expenditure and are protected against risk, as well as assisting them to exploit the new opportunities caused by cloud shift. 8 Survey reveals company data is more important to IT decision makers than personal photos, holidays or their wedding rings A new independent international survey commissioned by Arcserve has revealed that IT decision makers are more concerned about having access to their corporate data than losing personal photos, their wedding rings or holiday entitlement. The survey, carried out by Vanson Bourne, asked 500 IT decision makers in France, Germany, the UK and the US to rank 24/7 access to business critical data, one month of holiday entitlement, personal photos and their wedding rings in order of importance. Thirty-eight per cent of all respondents said that ensuring they can access company data at all times is their highest priority, followed by their wedding rings (24 per cent), holiday entitlement (19 per cent) and personal photos (18 per cent). The survey also revealed major differences between the individual countries. Nearly a third of UK based IT decision makers (31 per cent) put personal photos in the number one spot, followed by corporate data (28 per cent) and their wedding rings (26 per cent). Only 15 per cent consider their holiday entitlement to be more important than the other options. In the US, the highest priority for IT decision makers is their wedding rings at 31 per cent. Like in the UK, corporate data comes second at 29 per cent, followed by holiday entitlement (22 per cent) and personal photos (19 per cent). The results from continental Europe paint a different picture. In both France and Germany, over half of the respondents (52 per cent and 55 per cent respectively) said that making sure their corporate data was always available and accessible was more important than their wedding rings, personal photos or holiday entitlement. Pat Clarke, vice president, sales, EMEA/APAC at Arcserve, said, ‘While these results may simply be a reflection of natural cultural differences, they could also be an indication of actual gaps in the market place offering the industry vendors growth opportunities.’ SURVEY OF 1,002 IT DECISION MAKERS REVEALS ATTITUDES TOWARDS FLASH Research by NetApp has found that despite the cost of Flash technology decreasing, it is perceived by 40 per cent of senior decision makers as being too expensive to invest in. Despite this, 90 per cent admitted there was a need for Flash within their businesses. IT decision makers revealed that one in four financial decision makers (24.3 per cent) within enterprises do not have sufficient understanding of the benefits of Flash technology to make an investment. The survey of 1,002 IT decision makers across the UK revealed that the cost barrier is prevalent among 38 per cent of smaller and bigger businesses – but is more common among medium sized businesses (40 per cent). The cost barrier is most pronounced among IT decision makers in arts and culture (72.2 per cent), HR (55 per cent), and sales, media and marketing (52.8 per cent) organisations, who perceive cost as the biggest barrier to Flash. Laurence James, NEMEA products, alliances and solutions manager at NetApp said, ‘Our research shows that while the business value of Flash in terms of performance and responsiveness is understood by IT decision makers, education on the true value of Flash needs to continue further up the chain. Flash is a long term investment that can transform business performance and should not be analysed in terms of capital investment alone.’