As the cloud extends its reach in the market, a number of CIOs in big and small companies alike are increasing the amount of technology that they are buying and changing how they do business on a regular basis. While there is no set list of “essential” technologies that a company must have to succeed in the new, diffuse cloud world, there are a number of trends that have come into focus over the course of the last year.
First up: email. Email is rapidly becoming the go-to cloud technology and many CIOs hope to take advantage of it in 2011 if reliable cloud models become available. Next is mobile access, which depends more and more on the cloud rather than being a pure function of it. Currently, 43 percent of CIOs are increasing their use of mobile options, an increase of 10 percent from 2010.
Of course, hardware purchasing is also seeing an increase as companies replace physical servers that are still needed to run critical applications or that simply can’t be moved to the cloud yet. But consider that virtualization is getting bigger and better every year – in 2010, 30 percent of CIOs had virtualization options in the works, but now that number sits at just under half of all companies at 43 percent.
Although the public and private clouds haven’t answered all the questions companies have put to them – especially regarding security, backups, and storage, CIOs on the whole are increasing their technology spending in a rebounding market and the numbers are showing an IT world that is putting more and more money into the hands of leading VPS and cloud server providers – something that businesses of all sizes would do well to watch.