Almost 30 per cent of Australian CIOs and ICT managers responding to a study had allocated funds to deploy or at least pilot Cloud infrastructure over the next year, with 20 per cent considering it for their next budget.\nConnection Research\u2019s Insights Quarterly \u201cCloud in Australia\u201d study \u2013 completed in conjunction with Fujitsu and Microsoft \u2013 gauged attitudes of 179 Australian CIOs and IT managers towards Cloud computing. The respondents came from organisations with between 100 and 5000 staff.\nAlmost 20 per cent of these respondents had allocated funds to develop private Cloud infrastructure with 18 per cent contemplating it for the next period. A further 36.1 per cent had allocated a budget for desktop virtualisation with 26.7 per cent considering it for the next 12 months.\nPrice and \u201cpay-per-use\u201d ranked low on the selection criteria list when CIOs were choosing a Cloud provider, despite cost savings being listed as one of the main drivers for CIOs to move to Cloud computing.\nOther factors such as data security, support from the Cloud provider, privacy and the reputation of the supplier also ranked high on the list of importance. Graeme Philipson, report author and research director at Connection Research, said this was to be expected.\n\u201cWhat is more significant is what they do not rate so importantly,\u201d he said in the report.\n"Pay-per-use is at the bottom of the list, for example. The ability of Cloud to act as an \u201cinformation utility\u201d turned off and on at will, with metered payments for that use, is comparatively unimportant when it comes to selecting a platform, most likely because this is now seen as a \u201cstandard\u201d Cloud feature.\u201d\nKey drivers and Cloud applications\nA key driver for moving to the Cloud was the ability to lower capital expenditure on IT with 46.81 per cent rating this as either the biggest advantage or of high importance. Lowering operational costs of IT, scalability and flexibility and being able to access services over the Internet also rated highly.\nBy application, email and messaging was the most common Cloud platform with 5.8 per cent of respondents totally in the Cloud and 9.7 per cent had an implementation on the way. A further 22.6 per cent were some way towards moving email and messaging to the Cloud.\nCloud computing was least likely to be used for business intelligence platforms, with less than 1 per cent of respondents putting these applications totally in the Cloud.\nFinally, more than half (55 per cent) believed Cloud computing was overhyped but the hype was justified while 17.4 per cent said the hype was not justified.