The number of enterprise cloud computing projects will explode over the next two years, according to TheInfoPro’s cloud computing study released Wednesday. Over two-thirds of companies with separate budgets for cloud computing expect to increase spending in 2013 and again in 2014.
451 Research’s TheInfoPro joins a growing chorus of cloud market analysts calling for a major short-term increase in enterprise spending on cloud projects, as reported over the last several months by the WHIR.
While cloud projects are likely to face less IT-related barriers to completion, they are more likely to face non-IT obstacles. Respondents reporting significant roadblocks to deploying their cloud computing initiatives rose to 83 percent, but less than one-fifth of those roadblocks are IT-related.
“As organizations are completing their transition to a virtualized datacenter infrastructure,their focus is switching rapidly to cloud computing projects,” said Peter Foulkes, TheInfoPro’s research director for cloud computing. “Despite this shift of attention and the associated growth opportunity, there are major roadblocks –for the most part, they are not technology related and fall within the domain of people, process, policy and organizational issues, which are more complex for vendors to address.”
Internal private cloud projects remain the most common cloud-related projects at 35 percent, however IaaS and SaaS projects have rocketed to over 30 percent after doubling in six months.
The study indicates that cloud platform/orchestration stacks offer the biggest upside opportunity for vendors over the next two years at the cloud technology level, followed by cloud performance management/monitoring and virtual private cloud-based IaaS.
TheInfoPro also sees OpenStack as “poised to challenge the existing status quo” with Microsoft, VMware and AWS as the dominant vendors. This claim echoes the findings on open source platform options released by Strategy Analytics in August.
Security continues to be a pain point for IT professionals working with the cloud, while regulatory and compliance issues have become “pass-fail” criteria when selecting a public cloud provider.
The semi-annual study examines the cloud computing initiatives, market factors and major players among leading large and midsize enterprises in North America and Europe. Its findings are based on interviews with 100 IT professionals conducted in the first half of 2013.