When we first saw ABI Research’s latest projection of cloud migration trends, our first thought was that their numbers were a bit conservative. The headline was that 41 percent of all enterprise communications applications users worldwide would migrate to the cloud within five years, by 2016.
But it appears that in this case, we’re not just talking use of some cloud applications, or doing most of the work in the cloud. It’s a full-bore cloud migration, essentially leaving customer premises equipment (CPE) behind. With that in mind, that 41 percent of users – ABI pegs the actual number at 386 million lines/seats – represents a huge and high-impact trend.
You can find a brief summary of the report here. It focuses on enterprise use of CPE versus public, private, or hybrid cloud models. In part, this report serves as a warning to makers of CPE, as ABI sees their share of the enterprise business eroding pretty seriously between now and 2016. For example, ABI projects CPE market growth at 4.3 percent in 2016, compared with 21 percent growth in the cloud.
But as ABI points out in a brief summary of the report, the cloud transition “is not without challenges” such as “managing security, risks, and exposure.” This reinforces our ongoing point that enterprises’ links to the cloud are going to have to be guaranteed to be dependable, robust, and secure.
Which is why enterprises, as part of their migration to embrace the cloud, will need carrier networks more than ever, with their quality of service guarantees and enforceable SLAs.
As an enterprise decision maker are you ready for this change? How do you envision meeting theses challenge?