Tuesday, December 20, 2011 11:52:02 PM
Cloud computing has made massive strides this year, becoming a mainstream solution for IT departments to combat growing needs for data storage, application sharing and improved efficiency.
According to a recent survey by independent research firm Vanson Bourne, virtualization and cloud computing surpassed all other technologies in 2011 and had the most significant impact on businesses.
Seventy percent of chief information officers believe cloud-based technology and virtualization had the most positive impact on their organizations during the past 12 months, while only 13 percent think mobile technology provided the largest impact, the survey said. Also, 76 percent of respondents from companies with between 1,000 and 3,000 employees said cloud computing or virtualization had the most significant positive effect on their organization's productivity.
"The research shows that we're nearing the end of the hype for cloud and virtualization," said John Thornhill, CEO of an IT solution provider that commissioned the survey. "The industry has been talking about them for a number of years - and they've become business, rather than just technology terms - but companies are now using these technologies in earnest." According to a recent survey, 61 percent of companies are either using some type of cloud technology or are currently creating a strategy that includes the cloud.
-McAfee Cloud Security