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Joe McKendrick

Survey: Companies More Likely to Virtualize Applications Than Move to Cloud in 2011

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A new survey of 140 IT professionals finds that virtualization is the strategy of choice for the year ahead. The survey, conducted by AppDynamics, an application performance management vendor, suggests that a majority of companies are moving full bore into virtualization, but most are unsure about the cloud.

Not clear from the survey is whether virtualization strategies encompass private cloud strategies, considered a less-risky alternative (from a data security point of view) to public cloud.

Survey authors report that respondents indicated greater interest in proceeding with virtualization projects than migrating applications to the cloud, with 54% saying they have virtualization projects on dock for 2011. A resounding 67% of respondents said they have no plans to migrate their applications to the cloud next year.

Again, this may be affirmative votes for private cloud computing versus bringing in services from outside the firewall.

SOA and Agile approaches -- often closely linked -- are on the agendas of most companies over the coming year, the survey also confirms. The majority of respondents release new capabilities multiple times per year and operate applications built with SOA architectures. In 2011, 49% of respondents say they expect to ramp up agile development, and 66% expect to leverage additional SOA initiatives for mission-critical apps.

In this blog (formerly known as "SOA in Action"), Joe McKendrick examines how BPM and related business and IT approaches can promote business transformation.

Joe McKendrick

Joe McKendrick is an author and independent analyst who tracks the impact of information technology on management and markets. View more


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