Infrastructure Seen as Next Big Wave of Enterprise Cloud Adoption
September 18, 2012
While cloud remains in the early adoptive stage – with most organizations implementing services within the SaaS (News - Alert) layer, such as with e-mail or custom applications – cloud infrastructures are expected to provide the next impetus of growth, according to a recent enterprise cloud adoption survey.
While e-mail and custom collaboration will continue to move to the cloud, disaster recovery, storage and archiving are poised to broaden overall adoption as more organizations prioritize their infrastructure needs, according to an August 2012 Cloud Connect study commissioned by the Everest Group. Big Data will drive such adoption patterns with a number of enterprises moving their BI/analytics workloads to the cloud.
While cost savings is often touted as one of the many benefits of cloud, adoption is being driven by the ability to reduce an enterprise’s time to market for applications, solutions and products, according to the survey of 346 cloud service buyers, third-party cloud service providers and advisory professionals.
Security is seen as the biggest barrier of cloud adoption, however, service providers rank “lack of management buy-in” as an important barrier, which is at odds with buyer sentiment, Everest Group said.
While VMware has leading “mindshare” among enterprises, many prefer open source technology. According to the survey, 19 percent indicated no strong preference toward technology virtualization vendors, next to 47 percent for VMware.
In addition, service providers need to focus more on the business value of cloud rather than the cost. Enterprise adoption is being driven primarily to improve responsiveness and flexibility without increasing IT spend. Furthermore, business users who management teams are involved and supportive of the process are driving adoption.
Based on the survey’s results, the future of cloud looks bright with the majority of cloud providers that participated in the study expressing “high levels” of satisfaction on their cloud implementations.
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Edited by Allison Boccamazzo