Investing in private clouds is a top priority for IT organizations in 2011, according to two recent online polls conducted on the Unisys Website.
The first poll, in December 2010, asked visitors about their cloud computing implementation plans. The second poll, asking visitors to name their organization's biggest investment priority in 2011, was conducted a month later and completed on Jan. 24.
In the January 2011 Unisys poll, 44 percent of respondents said cloud computing is the top priority for IT investment in 2011 at their organizations. In contrast, 24 percent said mobile and end-user device support and 17 percent named security as the top investment focus, Unisys said. There were 262 respondents in this poll.
About 45 percent of the respondents in the December 2010 Unisys poll said their organizations have private cloud plans, followed by 21 percent focusing on hybrid clouds and 15 percent looking at public cloud deployments.
A separate Novell research report published in October 2010 also found that organizations are looking at private clouds as the "next logical step" after implementing virtualization. Novell's report said organizations generally were adopting cloud technologies much faster than expected.
For more, read the eWeek article Private Clouds Top List of IT Investment Priorities.