IT planning in 2012 is dominated by two main requirements, virtualisation and the Cloud, according to Australian ICT consulting and solutions provider, Tecala Group.
In a recent survey, which polled 136 IT executives during the EMC Forums in Sydney and Melbourne, it found that IT priorities for the year ahead among CIOs and IT managers were within the datacentre virtualisation and private Cloud space.
One in four executives listed datacentre virtualisation, while one in five pointed to private Clouds as key priorities.
A further one in ten plan to carry out virtualisation deployments within the next 12 months. 62 per cent of the respondents said they plan to increase their expenditure on Cloud computing in the year ahead.
Application performance management and the public Cloud followed as the third most popular priorities, both nominated by one in eight executives.
They said the main factors driving the uptake of virtualisation were the desire to improve server or system utilisation and efficiency, reductions to hardware purchases and maintenance, and the potential to increase IT flexibility and responsiveness. Improvements to backup and disaster recovery are additional important considerations.
Cloud computing has gained a strong foothold on the market primarily due to cost benefits, business agility, efficiency and scalability.
“Experience shows that companies typically start with small virtualisation or Cloud projects and as the benefits accumulate, they expand the deployment. It's no surprise that that these two technologies are so popular.
“Both support the core business needs of maximising returns and supporting organisational agility. The big bonus is that they manage to do so while reducing complexity and inefficiency,” Tecala Group sales and marketing director, Pieter DeGunst, said.
Other findings from the study include:
- In 2012, seven in 10 organisations conduct at least a portion of their computing in the Cloud, while two in five say that a quarter of their overall computing is in the Cloud. 78 per cent see Cloud deployment as an alternative for physical servers within their organisation.
- Private Cloud strategies are the preferred model for most organisations, with less than two in five choosing to pursue hybrid Cloud options.
- Among the organisations currently using or planning to use the Cloud, 35 per cent say that all new software planned for the next 12 months will be deployed in the cloud as Software as a Service (SaaS). The same number intend to use it for half of their new software deployments.
- Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) is the most immediate Cloud need, with more than two in five executives planning deployments within the year. Interest in Backup-as-a-Service (BaaS) is also high, with one in four planning deployments. Security-as-a-Service (SaaS) has the lowest adoption rate (two per cent).
- 30 per cent of organisations are giving consideration to moving their desktop infrastructure to the Cloud in 2013. Caution over security, latency that may affect the user experience and compliance are the primary concerns holding organisations back.