This IDC White Paper discusses the radical change in datacenter and IT processes brought about by virtualisation and by the inception of a cloud- or service-led model for delivery of IT resources to the end users. Perceived risks and organisational hurdles that may slow down adoption of such technologies are analysed, and guidance is given to CIOs willing to overcome them as they make the journey to the cloud.
The paper is based on a number of primary and secondary sources. These include IDC Worldwide Server and server Virtualisation Trackers, IDC qualitative research, and results from a number of independent end-user Surveys conducted by IDC over the last few years. For a detailed list of surveys and for definitions of the key concepts used, in particular regarding the cloud theme, see the appendix at the end of the paper.