40 percent of companies have no cloud computing plans

Still, Quest and Forrester predict more growth

By Maxwell Cooter, Techworld |  Virtualization, business strategy, virtualization

Forty percent of companies are still to be convinced of the benefits of cloud and have no plans to adopt such a service. That's according to a survey from Quest Software, which also found that the need to reduce costs was still the main driver for those companies that have adopted cloud services.

When it comes to which virtualisation platform is being employed, Quest found that VMware is still the dominant vendor with 93% (of IT managers surveyed using it - Microsoft's Hyper-V is yet to penetrate in a big way with just 27% of IT organisations opting for it. Citrix is lagging behind in third place with 21% of organisations using it. However, desktop virtualisation was being used by just 46% of respondents.

Quest Software has used the results of its survey to make 11 predictions on the way that the cloud market will shape up in 2011. The predictions were made by Quest "experts" and draw on previous surveys.

According to Quest, the market will coalesce around the three main providers - Microsoft Azure Services Platform, Google App Engine and Amazon Web Services - with none of them proving to be dominant. But, in a sign that cloud computing is beginning to penetrate corporate thinking, Quest predicts that more companies will employ specialist cloud teams to account for the fact that the provisioning cloud services will be fundamentally different from current application delivery models.

Perhaps the most compelling change from current thinking is the finding that more IT decisions will be made from outside the IT department and that IT staff may not be aware of all software currently being deployed within their organisations.

Quest hasn't been the only company making predictions about the state of the cloud market. Forrester analyst James Staten has also been peering into the cloudy crystal ball and seeing what the future holds.

Like Quest, Staten sees the platform market becoming more competitive with Amazon's early lead in this space being pulled back by the competition and, like Quest, Staten sees the emergence of a new type of IT manager, one with closer links to the business and who might not have emerged from a traditional IT background.

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