Courtesy of CBR Software
The utilities prefer private or hybrid cloud deployment
Big data is increasingly driving the adoption of cloud computing
by Western European utilities, with 46.2% of the utilities were
positive that cloud would be able to solve big data issues,
according to a new survey by International Data Corporation
The cloud computing survey found that budget allocation for
cloud computing is still not a priority for Western European
utilities, with only 25% allocating 1% to less than 3% of budgets
to cloud computing in 2012, while short-term expectations for cloud
computing budget shares are positive.
According to the survey, private or hybrid cloud deployment
options are preferred by Western European utilities, which further
believe that public cloud computing encourages more standards and
Operational performance issues have been identified by Western
European utilities as the number one problem that could be resolved
by using cloud computing, the survey said.
IDC Energy Insights head of EMEA Roberta Bigliani said cloud
computing, together with mobile, big data, and analytics, is
transforming the utilities IT landscape.
"Budget allocation for cloud is not yet a priority for
utilities, so it is important to see through the hype and
understand how cloud can best be applied to the industry and how to
remove barriers to deployment," Bigliani said.
The survey finds that the main barriers to public cloud adoption
for utilities are security and regulatory compliance, with around
24% of utilities believing that regulation will negatively impact
Utilities recognize that the real potential will be for
specialty applications, while commoditised applications are most
considered for going into the cloud.
Western European utilities do not expect smart grids to drive
cloud uptake, with 42.9% of them expecting no change in the level
of cloud adoption in the next two to five years.