"We see more content-providers like Google and Amazon leveraging open-source cloud solutions," Cheung added. "However, enterprise application-environments are much more complex, and enterprises may not need a 'scale-out' architecture for their thousands of applications—so I believe enterprise use of open-source cloud solutions (like OpenStack or CloudStack) will be limited until some validated use-cases emerge."
Enterprise IT leaders are expecting a slight shake-up of tech investment priorities. Some noticeable drops in tech investment priority, compared to 2013, are data center infrastructure (31% in 2013; 15% in 2014), collaborative tools (24% in 2013; 13% in 2014) and virtualization (20% in 2013; 11% in 2014).
Will these serve as hints that: a large number of local enterprises are already benefiting from efficient facility/data center setups, adoption of collaborative communications tools have matured over the year, and a large number of enterprises have already implemented significant infrastructure virtualization in-house?
On the upside, local IT leaders should be expecting a major advancement in tech investment priority in desktop environments (10% in 2013; 20% in 2014). From what CWHK editors observed, tech leaders would be seriously considering desktop virtualization this year, as it promises a high degree of systems standardization, flexibility and security.
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