Request Information
1.877.459.4347

Request Information

or Call 1.877.459.4347

IT Professionals and Executives Believe Data is Safer in the Cloud than On-Premise according to a Survey of 1,080 IT Professionals and Executives

February 22, 2016 / Evolve IP WAYNE, Pa.—February 22, 2016 –– Eight in 10 IT professionals and executives believe that when facing hardware malfunctions and environmental disasters, their organization’s data is safer in the cloud than on premises. In addition, six in 10 believe the same when facing a malicious attack, according to a technology survey released today by Evolve IP. The survey of more than 1,080 individuals, which provides current cloud adoption trends and future cloud deployment insights, also revealed that 91 percent of all organizations now have at least one service in the cloud. Download the Evolve IP 2016 Cloud Adoption Survey for a complete review of the full findings.Data security is an ongoing concern for IT and this year’s survey asked respondents where they felt their data was safest. When questioned about data environments 50 percent believe that a private cloud is safest when compared to public clouds or an on premise data center. Specifically, when asked about physical disasters (environmental or hardware failure) 55 percent felt their information was safest in a private cloud compared to 27.5 percent in a public cloud and 17.5 percent on premise. Looking at malicious attacks, 52 percent preferred a private cloud to safeguard their data versus 38 percent on premise and 10 percent public cloud.Other key results of the survey showed that, on average, organizations have nearly five services (4.9) in the cloud, a marked increase from the 2.7 services noted in last year’s results. Servers/data centers, Microsoft Exchange and Office, and disaster recovery were cited as the top deployed cloud services. Additionally, the survey indicated that adoption will continue to be strong, with 74.5 percent of respondents planning on adding new or additional cloud services in the next three years.The survey results also found that 53 percent of organizations had deployed a cloud solution on their own, up from 43 percent in 2014. However, when asked if they had to start the deployment over, nearly half (48.5 percent) said they would outsource to a solution provider the next time – doubling the total of 24 percent from 2014.“This year’s survey reinforces last year’s data and shows continued momentum for the deployment of cloud services. It also revealed some interesting changes,” says Guy Fardone, President and Founding Partner of Evolve IP. “As we predicted last year, the average number of services deployed in the cloud by an individual organization jumped significantly and we expect to see similar increases over the next several years. From the responses received, we believe that there are two driving factors behind this increase. First, there is finally alignment between executives and IT managers about the value of the cloud – previously IT managers were more skeptical. Second, nine out of 10 respondents feel that the cloud is now a mature technology and this is alleviating many concerns about reliability and customer experience.”Additional Findings:
  • Just over 1/3 of survey respondents noted that individual departments like Sales, Marketing, Operations and HR had deployed a cloud service independently. However, of those installations, IT was only involved about half of the time.
  • Over the last three years, respondents’ impressions of the maturity of the cloud has changed. In 2013, one out of four respondents felt that the cloud was an immature technology. Today, just one in 10 (12 percent) feel the same.
  • Five in 10 respondents would prefer to rely on a single cloud provider versus having a unique provider for each service.
  • The top services survey respondents expect to deploy in the cloud over the next three years are servers/data centers (22.5 percent), phone systems (21.5 percent) disaster recovery (21 percent), Finance / ERP (18.5 percent) and co-location/backup (17 percent). 
Survey MethodologyThe blind, web-based survey was conducted by Evolve IP during December of 2015, featuring 1,080 respondents in North America. 84 percent of the respondents came from companies with between 50 and 5,000 employees, 10.5% were businesses with 11-49 associates and 5.5% were small businesses with 10 employees or less. 79% of respondents work in for-profit industries, 16.5% came from education and 4.5% were Government employees. Evolve IP customers were excluded from the survey.
Recommended For You
The Evolve IP Compliance CloudTM

Compliance is a way to do business … not an afterthought when clients need it.

At Evolve IP we have a dedicated compliance and security practice and work with two of the world’s top 3rd-party compliance auditors, Grant Thornton and Ernst & Young, to enable customers to extend their compliance to our fully audited cloud. This focus allows us to deliver the documentation and assurances that other’s simply cannot including HIPAA / HITRUST, PCI-DSS (all 12 sections), SOC 2/3 and more. The Compliance CloudTM includes true client isolation, encryption in transit and at rest, private VLANs, firewalls and dozens of other security measures.

 
 
What Our Clients Say
  • "Yesterday was, perhaps, my busiest day of client interaction either by phone or email since I have been a PM, and I don’t think any of my clients knew I was working from home unless I told them. I was also able to do trades behind the scene and interact with my team. So, for me, the technology has been working great. As an old guy, I am constantly dazzled by technology in general, but being able to do this stuff from home is amazing!"

    James C. Hunter, CFA, CFP, AIF, Senior Portfolio Manager, Principal

  • "Hey, IT people, As I’m working away in my home office, I just wanted to say thanks to you for all you’re doing, and have done in the past, to make it possible for us to run our company virtually. Not many of us JICers have jobs that everyone in the firm sees and could stop us from doing business. But you have this job, and do it well. Thank you for having the foresight and wisdom to get us in a position to succeed in a pandemic! You’re awesome."

    Michael D. Barnes, Esq., CTFA President, Principal

  • “That’s the type of proposition I like to bring to a Board of Directors. When I can say, ‘we can get everything new, be completely redundant, it can meet all of our needs and oh, by the way, we are going to save over $300,000 a year.’ It makes it easy for me to sell!”

    - Ken Schultz, CIO Ogletree Deakins

    Watch Testimonial

  • "The people that Evolve IP are more personable; you don't feel like there's necessarily a script when you're talking with them, they’re easy to understand, quick to get a hold of, and they follow through on what they say they're going to do."

    Watch Testimonial

  • "Evolve IP has been a vendor partner that has grown with us, that has helped us, and that you know stands by us and stands by their word."

    Watch Testimonial

What the Experts Think

Our analyst-acclaimed solutions are built on a world-class, compliant architecture that leverages the blue-chip technologies organizations already know and trust.

Gartner

We deploy best-of-breed solutions including: Disaster Recovery, Contact Center, Unified Communications, DaaS, IaaS. Our services are analyst-acclaimed, vendor-validated, client recommended and award-winning.

HITRUST

Evolve IP is proud to have achieved the honor of being HITRUST CSF certified! Certification to the HITRUST Common Security Framework (CSF) affirms that all of Evolve IP’s cloud computing and cloud communications services adhere to the strictest security standards for electronic protected health information (PHI). The HITRUST security standard was developed by and for the healthcare industry as a means of going above and beyond the compliance requirements of HIPAA.

The HITRUST Common Security Framework (CSF) was developed to address the multitude of security, privacy and regulatory challenges facing healthcare organizations. The HITRUST CSF was developed by healthcare and IT professionals to provide an efficient and prescriptive framework for managing the security requirements inherent in HIPAA. HITRUST CSF rationalizes healthcare-relevant regulations and standards into a single overarching security framework. An important part of the “What is HITRUST” answer is understanding that the CSF is risk-based and compliance-based so that organizations can tailor the security control baselines and vendor management programs that they follow based on their specific organization type, size, systems, and regulatory requirements.

HIPPA

The Privacy regulations of the U.S. Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) require health care providers, organizations, and their business associates, develop and follow procedures that ensure the confidentiality and security of protected health information (PHI) when it is transferred, received, handled, or shared. This applies to all forms of PHI — paper, oral, and electronic, etc. Those who fail to adhere to HIPAA can suffer from huge fines climbing into the millions of dollars for major violations.

The Compliance Cloud™ fully enables covered entities and their business associates subject to HIPAA regulations to leverage a secure environment to process, maintain, and store protected health Information (PHI) featuring among other controls.

SSAW 16 Service Organization Control II (SOC 2)

Evolve IP has received an SSAE 16 SOC 2 Type II report on our internal controls relating to how we assess and address the potential risks associated with the security, availability, and confidentiality of not only the cloud-based services that we provide, but also our physical and logical infrastructure. Evolve IP utilizes the Certified Public Accounting firm of Grant Thornton to perform its annual audit and attestation in accordance with the Statements on Standards for Attestation Engagements No. 16 and the associated Trust Services Principles, as published by the AICPA, to evaluate the effectiveness of Evolve IP’s service organizations controls.

Forbes

While Forbes regularly features coverage and recognition about Evolve IP, they've most recently recognized Evolve IP as being the "Best Cloud Computing Companies And CEOs To Work For In 2017".  They've ranked Evolve IP in the Top 3 just behind Google and Microsoft in the Cloud Infrastructure classification.  (Feb 2017). Forbes  also recently recognizes Evolve IP for bringing Singer Equipment Corporation, a mainstream business based in PA, into the cloud by means of unified communication. (Sept  2017). Last year, Forbes recognized Evolve IP's survey of 1,080 executives citing that the number one reason to go to the cloud is the same reason that it is avoided. (Mar 2016).

Unified Communications Product of the Year

TMC and Internet Telephony Magazine have named Evolve IP’s unified communications platform as a 2017 Unified Communications Product of the Year Award winner. This marks the 6th time Evolve IP has been honored with this prestigious award and follows a series of product innovations that have allowed the company to rapidly expand its international coverage.

Evolve IP’s business collaboration tools and IP phone system dramatically improve employee productivity in the office and on the road with a Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) platform that fully integrates voice, video, instant messaging & presence (IM&P), desktop sharing, audio/web conferencing and more. The company also provides a sophisticated Web-based management portal, OSSmosis®, that allows administrators to easily configure system functions and quickly modify users without the need to reach out to a third party for changes.

Inc.

Inc. magazine has recognized Evolve IP in the 34th annual Inc. 500|5000, an exclusive listing of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. The list will be unveiled in the September issue of Inc.

The story of this year's Inc. 5000 is the story of great leadership. In an incredibly competitive business landscape, it takes something extraordinary to take your company to the top," says Inc. President and Editor-In-Chief Eric Schurenberg. "You have to remember that the average company on the Inc. 5000 grew nearly six-fold since 2012. Business owners don't achieve that kind of success by accident.

Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS)

Evolve IP has achieved Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standard (DSS) compliance covering all 12 sections of the PCI DSS. The PCI data security standard is a comprehensive set of standards that require merchants and service providers that store, process, or transmit customer payment card data to adhere to strict information security controls and processes. It was created by the founding brands of the PCI Security Standards Council, which includes American Express, Discover Financial, JCB International, MasterCard Worldwide, and Visa Inc.

CSA STAR

Evolve IP is also a registered and participating member of the CSA Security, Trust & Assurance Registry (STAR). The CSA was formed to encourage transparency of security practices within cloud providers. It is a free, publicly accessible registry that documents the security controls provided by various cloud computing offerings, thereby helping users assess the security of cloud providers they currently use or are considering contracting with. CSA STAR is open to all cloud providers, and allows them to submit assessment reports that document compliance to CSA published best practices. The searchable registry will allow potential cloud customers to review the security practices of providers, accelerating their due diligence and leading to higher quality procurement experiences. CSA STAR represents a major leap forward in industry transparency, encouraging providers to make security capabilities a market differentiator.

Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500TM

Evolve IP has been ranked for the second consecutive year on Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500™, a ranking of the 500 fastest growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences and energy tech companies in North America – both public and private. Technology Fast 500 award winners are selected based on percentage fiscal year revenue growth from 2012 to 2015. The list is a veritable Who’s Who of technology that has included tech companies like Google, VMware and Facebook.

Technology Fast 500 provides a ranking of the fastest growing technology, life sciences, and energy the companies – both public and private – in North America. Technology Fast 500 award winners are selected based on percentage fiscal year revenue growth during the period from 2012 – 2016.

Red Herring

Red Herring has named Evolve IP as one of the Top 100 Companies in North America.  Red Herring’s Top 100 recognizes the leading and most promising private companies from around the world. Among the over 20 criteria used to analyze companies for the award, Evolve IP was noted for its financial performance, technological innovation, customer footprint, the DNA of its founders and addressable market.

Red Herring selects the award winners for North America from approximately 1,200 privately financed companies each year in the US and Canada. Since 1996, Red Herring has kept tabs on these organizations and its editors were among the first to recognize that companies such as Facebook, Twitter, Google, Yahoo, Skype, Salesforce.com, YouTube, Palo Alto Networks and eBay would change the way we live and work.

Entrepreneur

Evolve IP has been recognized as one of the “Best Entrepreneurial Companies in America” in Entrepreneur magazine’s Entrepreneur360™ Performance Index, a study involving a comprehensive analysis of private companies in America. Based on this study forged by Entrepreneur, Evolve IP is recognized as a company that exemplifies growth, not just in top and bottom line, but in sustainability and the ability to achieve lasting success.

According to Entrepreneur, after evaluating approximately 10,000 U.S. based firms, the team of editors and researchers behind the E360 Performance Index collected more than 250 pieces of data from the finalists, focusing on growth drivers and challenges, goal setting, resource allocations, and reward systems. The analysis uncovered a class of leading companies, including Evolve IP, whose continued success is largely based on superior value creation for their customers, building an adaptive learning culture, and aggressive geographic expansion—placing them amongst the most dynamic firms in America today.

Latest Press Releases

Evolve IP Launches the Work Anywhere Office™ – Fully Integrated Virtual Desktops, Collaboration / Communications and Contact Center
June 23, 2020 / Evolve IP
Evolve IP, today announced the general availability of the Work Anywhere Office™ enabling employees to work anywhere, anytime, on any connected device.
Johnson Investment Counsel’s Pandemic and Business Continuity Planning Enables Employees to Work Anywhere
June 2, 2020 / Evolve IP
WAYNE, Pa. — June 2, 2020 — Johnson Investment Counsel, one of the largest independent investment firms in the Midwest, and Evolve IP®, the world’s leading provider of Work...
Evolve IP Offers Rapid Deployment of Desktop as a Service to Ingram Micro Channel Partners
May 11, 2020 / Evolve IP
Teams with Ingram Micro to Enable Channel Partners to Market, Sell and Deploy Full Cloud Desktop Capabilities with VMware Horizon DaaS in Five Days or Less to Businesses in...
Evolve IP and Pax8 Announce Partner Agreement to Provide Integrated Microsoft Teams and Cisco Voice Services
April 22, 2020 / Evolve IP
Platform-Level Solution Natively Integrates the Market-Leading Collaboration Features of Microsoft Teams with the Call Control, Reliability and Enterprise Communications Features of Cisco Voice WAYNE, Pa. — April 22, 2020...
View More
close

Contact Us

or Call 1.877.459.4347