SOURCE: The Armada Group

The Armada Group

January 05, 2011 08:30 ET

Armada's Cloud Readiness Assessment Survey Shows That Mid-Sized Businesses on the Way to Adopting Cloud Computing

SILICON VALLEY, CA--(Marketwire - January 5, 2011) - The Armada Group, a leading Silicon Valley technology consulting firm, announced today the initial results of its Cloud Readiness Assessment, a survey of IT managers at mid-sized businesses about cloud computing adoption in their organizations. The results of the survey, which was developed by Armada and OpSource, conclude that respondents assess their organizations as "about half way there" in terms of evaluating and adopting cloud computing. Nearly two thirds of respondents use virtualization and believe that cloud computing promises cost savings.

"In medium-sized companies, we found that while 62% are using virtualization and 71% have a defined IT architecture, most of them (79%) do not have a roadmap for cloud computing," said Jeff Tavangar, president of The Armada Group. "Two-thirds (67%) indicated an interest in cloud-based storage although only 4% are using it today. The main advantage they see to cloud computing is that they believe that it provides cost savings over traditional IT methodology. Based on this, Armada sees a large market for helping businesses to define the best way to migrate their existing applications to the cloud."

Armada's Cloud Readiness Assessment survey results include:  
83%   Using in-house systems and applications management
62%   Are using some virtualization
63%   Have 10% or less of their applications running on a SaaS platform
71%   Have a defined IT architecture
54%   Take a day or more to deploy a new server
71%   Do not have a virtual desktop deployed
67%   Are using or have plans to use cloud-based storage
75%   Manage their own servers
79%   Do not have an IT roadmap for cloud computing
63%   Believe cloud offers cost saving
8%   Believe cloud offers no advantages
29%   Believe cloud offers increase flexibility
33%   Use a remote storage server to back up data
4%   Use a cloud-based solution to back up data
60%   Back up their data locally

The Cloud Readiness Assessment survey is at

Armada offers survey respondents a complimentary follow-on in-depth Cloud Readiness Assessment to determine which applications can move to the cloud without modification, which applications need to be re-factored because of network chatter, local storage dependencies or other issues and which applications are best deployed in a hosting environment.

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Since 1995, The Armada Group has been a premier Silicon Valley-based professional services firm that helps companies implement their next-generation technology strategy. As a trusted advisor to leading global technology companies such as Cisco, Paypal and eBay, Armada delivers the people and advice to build smart, scalable technology infrastructure that leverages the best practices, technology and business models to promote your company's growth. For more information, please visit

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