More than 50 percent of the respondents said they will be handling more than 40 percent of their IT operations in a private cloud by 2015, and 25 percent said that they will be running more than 40 percent of their IT in a public cloud. 13 percent have already purchased cloud solutions.
“Our diverse membership provides us with a unique perspective on the trends and challenges surrounding cloud computing,” said Mario Müller, ODCA chairman and vice president IT infrastructure at BMW. “This survey not only shows that companies are increasingly using the cloud for critical business applications, but are also making their IT purchasing decisions based on ODCA requirements. Clearly, the ongoing, collaborative efforts of the ODCA are having a major impact on the industry.”
The key concern in adopting cloud solutions remain security, as 63 percent of the answers said that security monitoring and security provider assurance are the front running usage models. Sales and marketing is viewed as the biggest opportunity in the cloud with 53 percent of respondents setting their focus on this target. 47 percent believe they can improve productivity with cloud applications.
The deployment model still favors hybrid cloud environments with 75 percent saying they are looking at private and public cloud solutions.
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