Cloud Computing Dominates IT Priority List for 2011, Unisys Polls Show
Respondents to recent online polls show cloud computing as top IT investment priority for 2011, followed by support for mobile/end-user devices
BLUE BELL, Pa. - Investing in cloud computing – primarily private clouds – is a top priority for IT organizations for 2011, according to two online polls Unisys Corporation (NYSE: UIS) conducted on the Unisys.com website in recent weeks.
The latest Unisys poll, completed on January 24, asked people to name their organization’s biggest priority for IT investment in 2011. Of the 262 respondents to the poll, 44 percent indicated that cloud computing would be their top priority. By contrast, 24 percent named support for mobile/end-user devices as their primary IT investment focus.
In addition, 17 percent of respondents cited cybersecurity as their top IT investment priority for 2011, while 15 percent said cost-cutting would be their top priority in the new year.
An earlier poll in December 2010, which drew 88 responses, asked about intentions to implement cloud computing. Eighty percent of the respondents said their organization was planning some kind of cloud, with 45 percent – the largest group – 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.
This preference for private clouds corroborates Unisys’ recently published prediction that enterprise adoption of the cloud would accelerate over the next 12 months, with private clouds initially leading the way.
“These poll results are further evidence that organizations are no longer debating whether cloud computing makes sense for their organization. They are now deciding how to get started and what type of cloud best fits their initial strategy,” said Sam Gross, vice president, Global IT Outsourcing Solutions, Unisys.
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