Three-fourths of respondents said that they have virtualized their cloud servers, the survey found.
A survey of cloud decision makers
at large enterprises in North America found that 52 percent of those polled
said that internal change and learning was the leading roadblock to cloud
project success, pointing to possible pent-up demand for advisory services, as
users struggle with the change brought on by the cloud.
According to the study,
conducted by TheInfo Pro, a division of the 451 Group, other project roadblocks
included upfront cost (15 percent) and security (13 percent). Cost reduction
(68 percent) is the leading justification for implementing cloud services,
followed by increased flexibility/scalability (24 percent) and reduced
complexity (21 percent), also key drivers toward the cloud.
"The cloud market is at
an inflection point right now, and it's critical to understand the
opportunities for as well as barriers to adoption and growth," said Ken
Male, managing director and founder of TheInfoPro. "In this study, we've
applied TheInfoPro's voice-of-the-customer research methodology, and we've got
the right combination of cloud analysis and underlying data from large IT
organizations to give a clear picture of where the cloud market is
A majority (75 percent) of
respondents said that they have virtualized their cloud servers. However, few have
currently implemented the core management, automation and orchestration
functionality, which are all cornerstones to the enablement of truly flexible,
agile and cost-effective internal cloud solutions. VMware continues to be the
primary vendor selected for cloud-enablement projects. For internal or private
IaaS (infrastructure as a service) projects, 37 percent of interviewees said
that VMware is their primary cloud-enablement provider.
"2011 continues to be
the year of the internal cloud. Most organizations are increasing the
efficiency and agility while lowering the cost of their internal IT assets",
said Sean Hackett, research director for cloud at TheInfoPro. "Because of
the cloud's economics and speed of deployment and flexibility, by and large many
initiatives are in-fact additive enabling organizations to drive projects that
they otherwise weren't able to in the past. Vendor and service providers will
need to watch closely as the resulting shift will present opportunities and
perils for both incumbents and emerging providers."
The cloud study, completed
biannually, is based on hour-long interviews with cloud decision makers at
large enterprises in North America. Key sections of the report include cloud
drivers and inhibitors, cloud budgets, decision-making and service delivery
model preferences, service management and orchestration, and vendor
preferences. A sampling of vendors covered in the vendor performance and
technology roadmap components of the study include VMware, Salesforce, HP, IBM,
Rackspace, Savvis, Verizon, Citrix, AT&T, Successfactors, Cisco, Oracle,
Amazon, Dell, EMC, Microsoft, CSC, Joyent and Google.