An IDG report also says that 60 percent of IT managers consider it extremely or very challenging to find the right cloud package.
The evidence continues to grow that enterprises are convinced that cloud
computing is a viable way forward for IT in the future.
IDG Research Services surveyed chief
technology officers, chief information officers and IT managers on a global
basis and reported that 75 percent of companies either currently employ
enterprise-grade cloud computing solutions or plan to implement
enterprise-grade cloud during the next five years.
The report, titled "Enterprise-Grade Cloud Computing Adoption: Trends
and Purchase Requirements," can be downloaded here
"This independent study validates the industry notion that enterprises
want customizable cloud solutions that go beyond the application level and
comprehensively address requirements such as security and service levels,"
said Bryan Doerr, chief technology officer at Savvis, corporate sponsor of the
The study found that IT usually identifies projects and areas that could
benefit from cloud and informs the business. However, 23 percent of the 172
respondents reported that business leaders sometimes bypass IT and purchase
solutions on their own.
- 60 percent consider it
extremely or very challenging to find the right cloud computing solution
for their companies
- 69 percent perceive cloud
computing solutions as offering greater flexibility
- 64 percent expect spending on
hosted, on-demand and/or cloud-based software at their companies to
increase over the next year
- 62 percent rate security as a
critical factor when evaluating cloud solutions.
Savvis, which hired IDG to do this
research, provides cloud infrastructure and hosted IT solutions for
The company's Symphony platform includes converged cloud network options
ranging from public connectivity over Savvis' Tier 1 IP network backbone to
secure, low-latency, quality-of-service-enabled Application Transport Services
(ATS), Savvis' core Multi-Protocol Label
Switching (MPLS)-based service.