Survey: Nearly Two-Thirds of IT Managers Will Deploy a Private Cloud in 2011

A just-released survey finds IT professionals are enthusiastic about private clouds. Some 62 percent of those surveyed said they have at least one private cloud project underway, or expect to launch one this year. They survey of global IT managers was conducted by Evolven Software.

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evolven_surveyA just-released survey finds IT professionals are enthusiastic about private clouds. Almost two-thirds (62%) surveyed said they have at least one private cloud project underway, or expect to launch one this year. They survey of global IT managers was conducted by Evolven Software.

In the survey, respondents were asked one-question: Is your company planning to launch a private cloud initiative in 2011?  Of the 62% saying yes to some degree, the breakdown was as follows:

34% – We already have one or more projects underwater
13% – Under consideration as of now
13% – We may evaluate it in H2/2nd half of this year
2%  – Yes definitely

The remainder, 38%, said, “No, we have higher priorities.”

The surveyed audience included CIOs, IT Directors, Configuration Managers, Release Managers, System Operations Architects, and Change Managers from many Global 2000 organizations.

“These reactions reinforce the perception that private cloud is gaining traction as the foundation for the modern data center,” says Sasha Gilenson, CEO of Evolven, “Yet, IT organizations still face major challenges in preparing their infrastructure to meet this need.”

The transition to on-premise private cloud-based IT delivery actually represents a dramatic shift for most IT organizations, and this transition is fraught with a number of risks, Gilenson added.
 
“Transitioning from a traditional data center, even one already with some virtualized servers to a private cloud architecture is no easy task,” according to Martin Perlin, author of the Evolven blog, The Devil is in the Details.

The success of private cloud-based deployment relies heavily on its ability to provide visibility on performance and service levels, Perlin added.

In part, Perlin wrote:

“Without mechanisms for seeing what is happening, IT management can face huge obstacles in meeting service levels, maintaining performance, and achieving compliance. Critical configuration information must be able to be extracted from the private cloud-based environment to ensure the system remains compliant, and is performing at optimum levels,” Perlin wrote. “As cloud infrastructure relies significantly on virtualization, it demands even more support for dynamically changing environment architectures and configurations.”

Successful private clouds means IT needs better support for dynamically changing environment architectures and configurations, which automated configuration management processes can provide.

Evolven provides configuration management solutions for data center and cloud installations.

 




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