Cloud confusion still reigns among global enterprises

Trend Micro survey exposes confusion over the meaning of ‘cloud’ 


VMWorld, Barcelona, 9th October 2012 - Many enterprises are still confused about what cloud computing actually means, despite the rapid pace of adoption of such technologies, according to new research from global security provider Trend Micro.

Researchers interviewed 1400 IT decision makers from the UK, US, Canada, Germany, Brazil, Japan and India*, presenting them with a lengthy list of popular cloud services including, Amazon EC2 and Google Apps.

Although 97 per cent of respondents said they are currently using at least one of these services, ten per cent of them said that their company has no plans to deploy cloud computing services – a clear contradiction likely to have arisen from confusion over the meaning of ‘cloud’. The number was also an increase from the five per cent who said they had no plans to adopt cloud computing in 2011, however the research found that enterprises are actually moving to the cloud with increasing haste.

The percentage of respondents who had cloud services in production increased by 6%-8% from 2011 to 2012, while more than 20% of respondents said they currently have private or public cloud in production. Of those enterprises that have public or hybrid apps in production, on average 43 per cent of existing apps have been deployed and 53 per cent of new applications will be deployed in the future – again highlighting the growing momentum around such enterprise deployments.

When it came to those firms undergoing server and desktop virtualisation programs the stats were even more telling. An average of 45 per cent of servers are now virtualised for these respondents, but in the next 12 months the figure will rise to 65 per cent, while with VDI the figures are 41 per cent and 61 per cent. Once again this year, however, Trend Micro found that security and performance concerns are the main barriers to adoption – with around half of respondents citing these factors. In particular, the percentage of respondents who perceive security as barrier in adopting cloud increased by 9% from 2011.

“For many companies, Virtualisation is a natural first step in the journey to the cloud”, said Andy Dancer, CTO for EMEA at Trend Micro. “Our experience shows that customers who discuss their security requirements before embarking on their journey have a much smoother and more cost effective ride. They are also less likely to have to take the slight step backwards that these statistics show some are taking in their cloud adoption.”

* Survey methodology
1,400 IT professionals from the U.S., the U.K., Germany, Canada, India, Japan and Brazil (200 respondents from each of the seven countries) were invited to participate in a survey on cloud computing. These professionals, from enterprises with over 500 employees, make purchase decisions for cloud computing services, server virtualization or Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) solutions.

** Trend Micro at VMWorld Barcelona 2012 – visit us at Booth P204 **

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