Survey: Cloud Computing Not a Priority

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A new report issued by Symantec says businesses are focusing their 2010 IT investments in conventional technologies that will improve data center security and reliability. Cloud computing, in its various forms, are not ranked a high priority.

Cloud computing is ubiquitous in name, but how significant is it in actual execution? In the data center, many businesses are placing their bets on conventional initiatives. In fact, the three major forms of cloud computing are at the bottom of the priority list.

According to the Symantec 2010 State of the Data Center survey released today, the top three data center priorities are security (83 percent), backup and disaster recovery (79 percent) and continuous data protection (76 percent). Cloud computing is ranked behind server consolidation, storage virtualization, data center consolidation and data deduplication.

By comparison, the three major cloud computing flavors are remarkably less support.

  • Private cloud computing: 57 percent
  • Hybrid cloud computing: 54 percent
  • Public cloud computing: 53 percent


There’s no denying that interest is building in cloud computing, software-as-a-service and Web-based services, but is interest indicative of adoption and execution? It may be that businesses are doing a lot of tire kicking and not buying cloud computing. Here’s a telling point: 41 percent of businesses surveyed say cloud computing isn’t covered in their current disaster recovery plans.

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Lawrence Walsh Lawrence Walsh is editor of Baseline magazine, overseeing print and online editorial content and the strategic direction of the publication. He is also a regular columnist for Ziff Davis Enterprise's Channel Insider. Mr. Walsh is well versed in IT technology and issues, and he is an expert in IT security technologies and policies, managed services, business intelligence software and IT reseller channels. An award-winning journalist, Mr. Walsh has served as editor of CMP Technology's VARBusiness and GovernmentVAR magazines, and TechTarget's Information Security magazine. He has written hundreds of articles, analyses and commentaries on the development of reseller businesses, the IT marketplace and managed services, as well as information security policy, strategy and technology. Prior to his magazine career, Mr. Walsh was a newspaper editor and reporter, having held editorial positions at the Boston Globe, MetroWest Daily News, Brockton Enterprise and Community Newspaper Company.

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