Examining the UK Cloud Landscape

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The advent of the cloud and the now thousands of providers competing for business means it can be difficult to choose a reputable provider that best meets your cloud needs.  IT industry analyst firm The METISfiles has produced a Cloudscape displaying a snapshot of the most important UK IaaS, PaaS and SaaS providers.

Cloud has become a household term. Everyone from teenagers, using Apple’s iCloud to sync apps between devices, to multi-national corporations running mission-critical business applications are aware that cloud is the future of IT.

Today, much of the cloud hype still originates from the US where industry giants such as Amazon, Microsoft and VMware have their headquarters. But the UK cloud market is not to be ignored. According to 451 Research, the European cloud services industry is expected to grow at a CAGR of 36% between 2012 and 2016.

To keep up with growing customer demand, cloud providers must be ready to address growing and increasingly specific needs of the enterprise market.

Gone are the days of a one-service-fits-all cloud solution and the UK is ahead of the European curve in terms of availability of specialist cloud providers.

Interesting examples in the UK Cloudscape are Fifosys that offers a hosted desktop approach to move into the cloud arena, and Gloo-IT which is differentiating itself by specialising in cloud security services.

As more IT applications are migrating to the cloud, it is in the best interest of any organisation to find a cloud provider who tailors specifically to their business needs. This may mean choosing a hybrid solution like The Internet Group offers through its VMware vCloud powered virtual private data centre.

The METISfiles Cloudscape aims to display all cloud providers operating in the UK and their primary cloud offering.

To view the infographic and explore the cloud options for yourself, click here.