Magazine article Technology & Learning

Under the Cloud, a Climate Change for Info Tech

Magazine article Technology & Learning

Under the Cloud, a Climate Change for Info Tech

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Cisco Consulting Services, in partnership with Intel, recently released the "Impact of Cloud on IT Consumption Models," which surveyed 4,226 IT leaders in 18 industries across nine key economies. Here are some of the key findings:

In the Eyes of IT Decision Makers, Cloud Is Good. Despite its challenges and disruptions, cloud is creating solutions. And in the eyes of respondents, this is considered a positive development for their organizations.

Cloud Is Here ... and Growing. Cloud--whether public, private, or hybrid--is already here. Today, it occupies a significant share of IT spending, 23 percent, and our respondents see it rising to 27 percent by 2016. Private cloud is the most prevalent cloud deployment method, at 45 percent.

Emerging Markets Upbeat about Cloud. Despite the overall positive attitude toward cloud, important distinctions arise between emerging and developed markets. IT leaders in emerging nations are more upbeat about cloud, focusing on its transformational and innovative potential: in developed markets it is mostly seen as a tool for cost-cutting. …

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