Report: 47% of enterprises have private cloud projects planned for 2013

Goal is to replicate functionality of public cloud internally

Close to half of 100 enterprises surveyed by 451 Research said they have internal cloud projects planned for this year.

451 Research expects enterprises to focus on building private cloud environments that simulate functions provided by public cloud providers such as Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN)

"As with so many IT transitions, the transition to cloud doesn't happen overnight. It doesn't happen in a year. It is a decade-long journey," Peter ffoulkes, research director for servers and virtualization and cloud computing at 451 Research, told FierceEnterpriseCommunications.

The journey begins with standardizing, consolidating and virtualizing infrastructure, automating processes and then orchestrating internal cloud initiatives and moving to public and hybrid cloud deployments, ffoulkes explained. A full 61 percent of respondents said they are in still in the virtualization phase.

"Everybody is on the road to cloud. They started at different times, and a lot of the people are mired in the first part of the journey, which is preparing their infrastructure, testing their workloads, to be able to function in an environment in which things are not hard-wired to physical computing systems," ffoulkes related.  "They can't move forward to the later stages that enable the adoption of cloud, let alone going outside of their firewall into the public cloud space."

In fact, 47 percent of respondents said they face significant roadblocks, such as budget, time and staff constraints, which are keeping them from moving to the next phase of cloud deployment.

Only 26 percent of respondents said they are currently using a cloud platform, but 40 percent said they are in pilot projects and will deploy cloud in the next 18 months.

On the public cloud side, 19 percent of respondents said they use Amazon for public cloud services, 8 percent said they use Verizon (NYSE: VZ) and 5 percent said they use Rackspace (NYSE: RAX).

"Those looking at cloud will do internal deployment first. Then they will do some experiments with public offerings for some things. Only when they have proven that they can do internal and public, will they consider combining them into a hybrid solution. Hybrid is definitely where people want to go," ffoulkes said.

While the 451 Research survey indicates enterprises are slowly deploying cloud services over a multi-year process, other surveys have shown a greater enthusiasm for cloud services among enterprises. According to a survey of 1,300 IT decision makers conducted by Technology Business Research and released last month, 66 percent of respondents said they purchased cloud-based services in 2012, up from 59 percent in 2011. In addition, 60 percent said they plan to increase spending on cloud services this year.

In addition, some surveys show that employees and non-IT departments are purchasing cloud services and apps without even consulting the IT department. Close to three-quarters of 200 employees surveyed recently by FlyingPenguin and identity and access management provider OneLogin said they are using cloud apps not approved by their IT departments.

For more:
- see 451 Research's data

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