26 July 2011 13:10:14
A new study from CDW found companies are growing increasingly confident in their ability to spend more on IT - a trend that has led to more investment in cloud computing and security.
In a survey of more than 1,000 IT decision-makers, 43 percent of respondents indicated they plan to increase IT budgets this year, which is a 5 percentage point increase from a similar study conducted a year ago.
Fifty-six percent of respondents said they would spend more on cloud computing solutions, while 59 percent said they'd invest in virtualization. However, as the report noted, increased spending on new technology has led to a greater need for security. Accordingly, 58 percent said they will invest in more data security.
"From a business perspective, CIOs are interested in enabling a more mobile workforce in order to enhance productivity and provide flexibility," said CDW president and COO Thomas Richards. "However, they are challenged with making the disparate pieces work together and ensuring data security."
Though keeping security in mind when deploying new cloud solutions is a sound idea, a new study from TheInfoPro found security is no longer the chief concern when it comes to cloud computing. According to the report, a lack of understanding and initial investments are the top inhibitors of cloud growth.
-McAfee Cloud Security