Monday, March 8, 2010

Cloud Reality Check: Vendors Will Grow Mindshare, not Market Share in 2010

Forty-three percent of enterprises cite cost savings as their top reason for moving their infrastructure to cloud computing. Does today's tight economy mean 2010 will be the year enterprises fully embrace the cloud?

Probably not. As Yankee Group finds in its new report, "Clouds in 2010: Vendor Optimism Meets Enterprise Realities," fully 75 percent of enterprises are earmarking no more than a third of their 2010 IT budget to the cloud. While the 26 thought leaders Yankee Group interviewed for the report all have high hopes for cloud computing this year, enterprises cite key stumbling blocks, including security, performance, standards and interoperability issues. And Yankee Group sees those issues festering well into 2010 and beyond.

Other key findings include:

-- Security SLAs are a must-have. Security and availability are the top two barriers preventing enterprise usage of cloud computing, even in private cloud scenarios.

-- Established firms have a leg up on the cloud competition. Enterprises say their go-to vendors for infrastructure-as-a service offerings in 2010 include Cisco, IBM and AT&T, while Microsoft, IBM and Sun are the prime choices for platform as a service.

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