​iOS trumps Android in the enterprise, but Google's Cloud loses out to AWS

iOS is the default mobile choice for businesses, while Microsoft and Amazon Web Services are making gains as the preferred public cloud provider over Google, according to a new survey.

If you've got an iPhone, you're practically guaranteed your workplace will support it. If you've got an Android or Windows Phone device, however, support will be a hit-and-miss affair, according to new research.

A survey of 112 CIOs from North America, Europe, and the Asia Pacific, conducted by Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster, showed that when it comes to mobile, iOS is the default choice for the enterprise.

Ninety-eight percent of CIOs indicated that iOS was supported on their corporate network, either through giving employees handsets or allowing them to supply their own. This was followed by Android at 79 percent, and Windows - presumably Windows Phone - at 58 percent. Meanwhile, Blackberry was supported by 24 percent of enterprises.

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When it comes to providing employees with devices, iOS was also the frontrunner, with 89 percent of CIOs saying their company supplies Apple mobile devices to workers. That compared to around 55 percent for Android devices, 30 percent for Windows gadgets, and 25 percent for Blackberry.

While the worldwide growth prospects for tablets look flat, the survey found some positive news for the form factor. Half of organisations said they expect some form of tablet deployment during 2015. That's down from the 60 percent figure from 2014, but the analyst believes there's room for the market to grow given that tablet penetration in the enterprise is still below 20 percent.

"We continue to view it as an opportunity for tablet manufacturers, most significantly Apple, which we believe has the largest share of enterprise tablets," Munster noted.

One factor that may spur iPad sales in the enterprise is Apple and IBM's recent partnership, which bore its first fruit last year with the launch of IBM iOS apps catering to specific verticals.

While IBM is deeply involved enterprise storage, security, and software, it will also sell and lease Apple hardware alongside its own MobileFirst software for iOS devices. Apple intends to bring its famed customer service to the enterprise with next day replacement of failed hardware and a commitment to replace 10 percent of a company's iOS fleet if they become damaged.

The survey, however, also revealed some bad news for IBM. According to the research, 67 percent of CIOs said Big Blue was the one storage vendor they don't intend to work with in 2015. NetApp and EMC were the top two preferred storage vendors that CIOs currently work with, while relative newcomers Nimble Storage and Pure Storage were the top vendors CIOs planned to work with in 2015.

On the public cloud front, Amazon Web Services (AWS) remained the clear leader while Google's Cloud Platform, which has spurred price cuts across the industry, has lost favour with CIOs.

According to the survey, 35 percent of CIOs who plan to use public cloud in 2015 preferred AWS, up from 33 percent last year. Meanwhile CIOs' preference for Google Cloud Platform has dipped from 14 percent last year to seven percent in 2015. Microsoft's Azure was chosen by 21 percent of respondents, followed by Rackspace with 16 percent - both were up one percent year on year.

PiperJaffray's survey also revealed that security would be the biggest spending priority in 2015, with 75 percent of CIOs indicating they plan to increase their security budget this year. Security was the top spending priority last year too, when 59 percent of CIOs said they would boost security budgets.

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