News | Cloud Computing Deployment Results in Significant Cost Savings for Australian Companies
Sydney, 22 June 2011 – A new Tecala survey reveals that more than 70 per cent of Australian organisations have experienced cost savings as a result of cloud computing deployments, with 69 per cent of companies planning to maintain or increase their budget for cloud computing by mid-2012.
Sydney-based ICT infrastructure and solutions provider, Tecala, surveyed 113 IT decision makers at the recent EMC Inform events in Melbourne and Sydney, learning that more than one in four organisations (26 per cent) will migrate their desktop infrastructure to the cloud by the middle of next year.
An overwhelming 95 per cent of survey respondents felt that the benefits of cloud deployment far outweigh any potential risks. However, 32 per cent of those companies choosing not to migrate their IT infrastructure to the cloud in the next year cited risks in potential bandwidth consumption, while 25 per cent cited the chance for latency and poor user experience issues as inhibitors. Eighteen per cent of companies feared a security risk by moving to cloud infrastructure, with more than one in three (37 per cent) organisations believing that public clouds are less secure than private clouds.
As the debate about cloud computing enters the boardroom agenda, 21 per cent of respondents feel they are under greater pressure from top management within their companies to procure cloud services in the year ahead. However, 16 per cent of respondents also believe that cloud computing will reduce their IT team’s headcount.
In terms of overall IT expenditure, the survey found that 23 per cent of Australian organisations plan to invest in virtualisation technology in the year ahead, while 18 per cent of organisations will invest in cloud computing and 16 per cent in storage technologies. Only eight per cent will invest in green IT, seven per cent in mobility and five per cent in Unified Communications.
Finally, the survey found that when choosing an IT services provider, end users cite the vendor’s breadth of service and product portfolio, as well as its security and adherence to privacy standards as key selection factors. Slightly less important factors were the quality of the local support and service team as well as price.
“It’s clear that organisations are increasingly highlighting cloud computing as a major lever for IT change and investigating its ability to maximise core infrastructure, improve service levels, lower ongoing IT costs, increase agility and enhance user experience and employee profitability,” says Gleuto Serafim, CEO, Tecala.
“At the same time, the survey has provided a wake-up call to vendors to ensure that they have the expertise to offer a broad range of technologies, and that their people and processes are agile enough to continually serve the evolving needs of today’s businesses as they embrace new technologies for efficiency and collaboration.”
Also commenting on the results of the new Tecala survey was Chris Moyle, EMC Australia’s Channel Manager: “The Australian market was one of the first developed IT markets to adopt the notion of external service providers, so it’s not surprising that Australian businesses are embracing the deployment of cloud computing. However, as the survey reveals, businesses are demanding cloud technology from vendors who have a best-of-breed approach and a strong partner, such as Tecala, to assist customers on their journey to the cloud and to provide peace of mind
“Trust in the cloud is a key factor for businesses when determining how much data goes into the public cloud and what stays in the private cloud. Our experience when helping customers is that they require both private and public clouds – so more of a converged, or hybrid cloud approach,” commented Moyle.
Tecala was appointed an EMC Premier Velocity Partner in January 2010 and is also an EMC Authorised Services Network partner. It was also the recipient of the EMC Top Achiever Award for New South Wales for 2010.