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European firms ‘embracing cloud’

Dubai, July 8, 2010

European enterprises are beginning to embrace the business opportunities offered by virtualizing assets and accessing applications through the cloud, said a report.

Sixty per cent of enterprises expect to have started the planning and migration to a distributed – or cloud – computing model within the next two years, said according to new research commissioned by Brocade, a leading networking solutions provider.

Key business drivers for doing so are to reduce cost (30 per cent), improve business efficiency (21 per cent) and enhance business agility (16 per cent).

The findings appear to confirm recent research by analyst firm IDC, which identified that cloud IT services are currently worth GBP10.7 billion ($16.2 billion) globally, a figure that is estimated to grow to around GBP27 billion by 2013.

For enterprise organizations, investment in the majority of cases is in the development of a private cloud infrastructure due, in part, to concerns over security. Over a third of respondents cited security as the most significant barrier to cloud adoption, closely followed by the complexities of virtualizing data centers, network infrastructure and bandwidth.

The research also analysed the small-to-medium enterprise (SME) space, and while enterprises are embracing the cloud and the business advantages it brings, SMEs appear to be slightly slower to adopt with only 42 per cent predicting a move to the cloud within the next two years; unsurprisingly, 63 per cent of these plan to opt for a hosted solution.

Other key research findings include:
• More than a quarter of large organizations are planning to migrate a cloud model within the next two years; 11 per cent within one year
• A quarter of organizations stated that the ability to consolidate the number of data centers was also a critical driver
• The availability of bandwidth was also a deciding factor amongst 14 per cent of respondents

The findings reinforce Brocade’s vision that data centers and networks will evolve to a highly virtualized, services-on-demand state enabled through the cloud, a statement said.

Brocade recently outlined its vision, called Brocade One, at its annual Technology Day. Brocade One is a unifying network architecture and strategy that enables customers to simplify the complexity of virtualizing their applications.

By removing network layers, simplifying management and protecting existing technology investments, Brocade One helps customers migrate to a world where information and services are available anywhere in the cloud.

“As data centers become distributed, the network infrastructure must take on the characteristics of a data center. For the cloud to achieve its true promise, the network needs to deliver high performance, scalability and security,” said Alberto Soto, vice president, EMEA, at Brocade.

“What our research tells us is that companies are now recognising the profound positive economic implications of adopting cloud solutions and are ready to make the journey of adoption, but only with a sound infrastructure in place.”

Brocade also recently unveiled several powerful innovations designed to radically simplify network architectures to better support a highly virtualized IT model. These innovations include a wide variety of unique and powerful technology advancements customized to support virtualized data centers.

“We’re in the midst of a major innovation cycle in IT — moving from infrastructure designed to automate existing processes to services-oriented architectures that speeds delivery of innovative new services,” Soto continued.

“The days when the majority of computing power was in the data center are behind us. Today, we have incredibly smart end points with lots of computing power that are remote, distributed and mobile,” he added.

“Information and applications are virtualized and can reside anywhere within the cloud. Our findings show that European adoption is on the rise, but businesses need to address a number of very real challenges to reap the benefits of the cloud,” Soto concluded. – TradeArabia News Service




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