A new InformationWeek report suggests that companies putting off development of a private cloud may be losing out on significant financial advantages.
“It’s interesting to compare the reality of early adopters with the expectations of those just getting going,” says Lorna Garey, content director of InformationWeek Reports.
“Private clouds seem to deliver on efficiency and cost savings, but lessons learned include budgeting for training and making sure software can take full advantage of a cloudified infrastructure.”
The report, “Private Cloud Vision vs. Reality,” split the response pool among respondents with private clouds in place, those just starting these initiatives and those holding off for now, to compare expectations and perceived drawbacks with actual early adopter experience.
Of respondents who aren’t aiming for a private cloud, 32% say their applications are a major hurdle, and 42% say they just don’t have the budget. Our data suggests they may be forgoing significant financial advantages.
- 99% of our survey respondents with private clouds describe their initiatives as successful.
- 45% of non-adopters say they believe private clouds could deliver a compelling technical advantage.
- 38% of respondents starting private cloud projects expect to spend 21% or more of their overall IT budgets on the initiative.
- 16% of respondents starting private cloud projects will buy a preconfigured bundle, like the Cisco/EMC/VMware vBlocks system. Most, 38%, will cobble together individual projects despite 31% citing a lack of standards as a top expected roadblock.