Half of respondents to a Unisys poll say cloud computing is their top IT investment priority for 2012.
businesses get ready to capitalize on emerging technology trends in 2012, cloud
computing remains at the top of many companies' lists: Fifty percent of
respondents to a recent Unisys (NYSE: UIS) online poll said cloud computing is
their top IT investment priority for 2012. This is the second straight year
respondents to a Unisys poll named cloud as the chief priority for IT
investments in the coming year.
a similar poll conducted in December 2010 and January 2011, 44 percent of 262
respondents said cloud computing topped their IT priority list for 2011. The
more recent poll, which drew 300 responses, was conducted on the company's
Website in September and October 2011. Other respondents to the poll listed
cyber-security (21 percent), mobile/social computing (21 percent) and big data
(8 percent) as their top 2012 IT priorities.
the past two years cloud computing has moved into the mainstream of IT
investment decisions," said Colin Lacey, vice president of data center services
and solutions for Unisys. "From the U.S. federal government's -cloud first'
policy to enterprise business units' demands for greater IT responsiveness,
business decision makers are embracing both private and public cloud computing
models. They now see the cloud as a vital way to obtain IT services that enable
them to provide solutions for clients and deliver competitive products to
market quickly and cost-efficiently."
company advises clients interested in the cloud to take a "hybrid enterprise"
approach, integrating the cloud solution with existing IT resources and
managing the integrated environment as a single entity. By doing so, they can
preserve and capitalize on existing IT investments while avoiding "cloud in a
corner" syndrome, where new cloud-based solutions are disconnected from
existing IT resources, resulting in duplication of processes and higher
operating costs, Lacey said.
recently announced version 2 of its Secure Private Cloud platform, the
company's cloud solution for clients' and cloud service providers' data
centers. The enhanced solution incorporates enhancements to the core software
stack, as well as expanded management, security and infrastructure automation
capabilities. The platform also uses a usage metering capability that collects
information on utilization of IT resources, such as processors, memory, I/O and
storage. The system then allocates the charges back to the business
organizations that use them. Each business group pays only for the resources it
Nathan Eddy is Associate Editor, Midmarket, at eWEEK.com. Before joining eWEEK.com, Nate was a writer with ChannelWeb and he served as an editor at FierceMarkets. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.