Companies are moving to the cloud in droves. Small companies are relying on cloud-based tools to help them grow and compete with larger competitors, while some of the most successful organizations in the world are jumping headfirst into cloud technology to stay ahead of the curve.

We’ve written about the growing cloud disruption and touted the many benefits of its use before. Now, a recent aggregation of research by Datamation clearly illustrates why businesses are moving to the cloud.

The findings examine 10 of the mostly commonly cited benefits of moving operations to the cloud, and take a look at how greatly respondents from various surveys weight each one.

Here’s a breakdown of the results:

Accommodating a Remote Workforce

Work isn’t done the same way it was done 20 years ago. Companies are far more decentralized, with employees working from home and meetings occurring via teleconference. To go with this increasingly powerful flow, 32% of respondents of a Zetta survey said the cloud was valuable for easing location dependence.

Better Operational Agility

One of the cloud’s primary characteristics is flexibility. This is obvious when it comes to scaling, but it also benefits users in numerous other ways. That’s why nearly a quarter of respondents from a IDG Cloud survey were making the move.

Better Overall Performance

38% of RightScale respondents believe the cloud offers definitively superior performance over on-site alternatives by providing valuable features and day-to-day benefits.

System Availability

Sometimes cloud servers will go down, but statistically, they do so less than privately operated systems. A third of IDG survey respondents recognized and valued this.

Capital Expenditure Shift

When you host operations in a private data centre, it gets pricey. Especially for larger companies. With the cloud, storage and maintenance costs drop, allowing for a reinvestment toward operational expenditure, which allows for innovation and growth. About a third of companies across multiple surveys saw this as a benefit.

Easier to Oust Legacy Systems

Getting rid of legacy systems is a necessary evil, but the process is much simpler within the cloud. Anticipating the replacement of old tools with new was something 35% of IDG survey participants valued about the cloud.

Easier Scalability

Adding to on-site operations requires new investment and set up. The cloud is made to scale. When businesses grow or contract, the cloud makes the process infinitely easier, and usually cheaper. RightScale respondents validate this stance with a 61% majority.

Less Expensive

Moving to the cloud doesn’t just shift a budget from capital expenditure to operational expenditure, it lowers the total cost of running a business. Not only does maintenance and scaling become cheaper, but hosting off site cuts back on energy and storage costs. This was a focal point for 42% of respondents from an IDG survey.

Reduces the Burden on IT

Companies think the cloud allows their IT departments to focus less on maintenance and more on innovation, which is key for small businesses to grow. The results from a Zetta survey show that 61% of companies greatly value this cloud trait, while 34% of RightScale respondents feel the same way.

Development and Deployment Speed

According to a survey from RightScale, 62% of companies believe things get done quicker in the cloud. The benefit is popular for obvious reasons, and includes a mixture of other several other benefits we’ve already outlined.