Jury Still Out on Cost Benefits of Operating in a Cloud

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Survey results suggest that while CIOs anticipate making a significant investment in private and public cloud technologies over the next 12 months, the majority of IT decision-makers often don't have the necessary metrics to build an intelligent business case for moving applications and infrastructure components to the cloud, according to a company news release.

Key findings from the survey, titled "IT Survey on Cloud Computing, Virtualization, and IT Financial Services," include the following:

•    Approximately 80 percent of respondents get some amount of their current server infrastructure delivered through a private cloud; however, nearly 90 percent report they are not charging end-users based on their private cloud consumption, representing a significant gap in financial transparency and accountability of IT service costs.
•    While a majority of IT executives (64 percent) believe that tracking utilization levels of virtualized and cloud infrastructures will be "important" or "very important" during the next 12 months, nearly 40 percent said they are not currently tracking utilization levels of virtualized and cloud infrastructure.
•    Nearly one-half of executives surveyed (48 percent) report the cost of cloud services to their business units as a lump sum of all IT costs, while more than 20 percent do not provide any reporting back to their business units.

Read the news release about measuring ROI from cloud computing.

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