The cloud is moving indoors. Well, at least in a figurative sense, as a significant share of IT decision-makers say internally based cloud projects will move to the forefront of tech plans for 2013, according to recent research from TheInfoPro, an IT industry research services division of 451 Research. That said, companies are still being held back by resistance to the very concept of cloud computing, findings reveal. Roadblocks include a lack of staffing and budgeting resources. (Sound familiar?) The upshot: Just one-quarter of organizations are currently taking advantage of cloud platforms, although two out of five expect to do so in the next 18 months. Once fully deployed, however, cost savings are expected to make a notable impact on operational costs. As for top cloud vendors? On the Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) side, Amazon still leads the pack by a dominating margin. The findings were compiled from interviews with 100 professionals responsible for making IT purchase decisions at medium-sized and large companies in Europe and North America.
Top Cloud Cost-Savings Opportunities
• Automation: 28%
• Standardization/consolidation: 23%
• Facilities reduction: 23%
• Labor reduction: 23%
• Management oversight reduction: 17%
This article was originally published on 02-05-2013