12 Reasons IT Infrastructure Still Matters in the Cloud Age

By Michael Vizard

Today, more IT infrastructure than ever is deployed in the cloud. Customer appreciation of the attributes of IT infrastructure is increasing largely because many organizations are building their own private clouds. An Oxford Economics survey, conducted on behalf of IBM, of 750 IT executives from 18 countries finds that 71 percent reported that IT infrastructure plays a key role in giving their organizations a competitive advantage and the ability to optimize revenue streams. But when it comes to next-generation application workloads such as cloud and mobile computing, big data and social media, less than 40 percent, on average, said their IT infrastructure is ready to meet the demands of those workloads. While many of the those workloads will run on public clouds, a significant percentage will be private clouds because of security and privacy concerns. Either way, the channel stands to benefit, especially as companies look to deploy modern IT systems to support a new generation of application workloads. Most of the IT executives polled are unsure where these workloads will run. While 80 percent run on-premise today, more than half the IT executives were unsure where these workloads would run in the next three to five years.

This article was originally published on 2014-08-07