IT Management Slideshow: Adopting the Cloud: A Year of Trial and Error Ahead

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 10-19-2010

Adopting the Cloud: A Year of Trial and Error Ahead

64 percent of respondents say they plan to increase their 2011 investment in cloud-computing solutions by more than 5 percent.

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72 percent of respondents plan to expand the type and number of cloud services that their enterprise consumes.

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50 percentOne half of respondents get their cloud-computing solutions from a third-party organization, such as a solution provider, VAR or integrator.

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42 percent of respondents obtain cloud solutions on a self-service basis via the Internet.

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36 percent of respondents buy cloud technology directly from a vendor.

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Of those respondents who purchase cloud solutions directly from a vendor, 69 percent have adopted Software-as-a-Service cloud models.

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Barriers to Adoption (percent respondents)Painful transition from legacy systems to cloud-computing environment (45 percent)Need to integrate with existing systems (44 percent)Initial costs, i.e. training, hardware (32 percent)

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What's Driving Demand? (percent of cloud solution providers responding)Desire to cut costs (59 percent)Need to reduce capital expenditure on hardware and other systems (56 percent)Desire to outsource IT management/administration (51 percent)Need to reduce operational complexity/enable self-service (39 percent)Need to modernize legacy IT (34 percent)Need to reduce the "internal IT headcount" (30 percent)

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