Investing in cloud computing, especially private clouds, is a top priority for IT organizations for 2011, according to two online polls conducted by Unisys Corporation.
The poll asked participants to identify their organization’s biggest priority for IT investment in 2011. Of the 262 respondents, 44 percent said cloud computing would be their top priority. By contrast, nearly one-fifth named support for mobile/end-user devices as their primary IT investment focus.
In addition, 17 percent cited cybersecurity as their top IT investment priority for 2011, while 15 percent said cost cutting would be their main focus in the new year.
A poll conducted late last year by Unisys asked about intentions to implement cloud computing. Eighty percent of the respondents said their organization was planning some kind of cloud, with 45 percent citing a private cloud. Fifteen percent said their company was focusing on a public cloud. Another 21 percent cited a focus on a hybrid cloud, which blends public and private elements.
“These poll results are further evidence that organizations are no longer debating whether cloud computing makes sense for their organization,” said Sam Gross, vice president, Global IT Outsourcing Solutions, Unisys. “They are now deciding how to get started and what type of cloud best fits their initial strategy.”