Cisco-Wipro study: Large enterprises to focus on virtualization in 2014

60 percent of the IT decision-makers at large enterprises believe virtualization will be the primary technology over the next 12 months, said a study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Wipro and Cisco.

Banking, financial services and insurance companies strongly recognize the link between virtualization and private/hybrid cloud enablement with 97 percent of those surveyed highlighting this aspect.

IT decision-makers report great interest in using IaaS in a hybrid cloud approach to complement on premises capacity, rather than replace it, and are planning for the impact that it will have on network operations and spending.

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While a hybrid approach promises cost savings and significant gains in IT and business flexibility, some concerns remain around how to manage and integrate on-premises infrastructure with cloud services in a hybrid cloud architecture.

78 percent of Indian respondents feel that cost reduction and resource optimization drive cloud investments and 76 percent believe that security is one of the key capabilities required to enable private/hybrid cloud.

25 percent of the respondents are adopting IaaS as-a-service technology will drive IT organizations towards a hybrid cloud approach. More than half of those planning to use or using IaaS see on-demand flexibility for hosting workloads on-premises or at a cloud service provider as a key benefit of going hybrid with their IaaS strategy. Flexibility to respond quickly to business needs also topped the list of key benefits associated with a hybrid model.

The survey, which collected insights from 140 senior IT decision-makers in Australia, India and Singapore, said cost reduction remains top of the mind for nearly 80 percent of technology leaders in India, whereas expanding existing virtualization Investments is critical in both Australia and Singapore.

Rajesh Rege, director, Cloud and Datacentre Sales, Cisco India & SAARC said CIOs need to adopt a fabric-based approach that integrates compute, network, security, virtualization, and management solutions into a single, more efficient and simplified data center platform. This approach maximizes the advantages of virtualization and facilitates automation, to increase efficiencies, productivity and agility.

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