The report, "Trends in Emerging Infrastructure Technologies" is based on a survey conducted by the Infrastructure Executive Council, whose members include a diverse array companies including, Aegon, Ford Motor Company, Nike and Raytheon.

The survey found that only modest budget increases are anticipated across all technology towers in 2011, but that the greatest gains were to be seen in spending on the infrastructure to support cloud computing and new mobility initiatives.

As for the cloud, the study concludes that the attitude among CIOs has shifted from "Will we go to the cloud or not?" to "Which services would be more efficiently or effectively sourced to the cloud?" Nonetheless, momentum continues towards the development of "private clouds," with limited forays into public cloud services over the next three years. Thus, the survey expects business service requirements to influence the design of technology roadmaps as cloud-based hosting and new end-user computing models is likely to speed the development of integrated IT services.

The survey also noted that the companies perceive slightly greater enterprise value opportunities in security, server and storage technologies than in network or data center facility investments.

The story was produced by the Insurance Networking News editorial staff. It first appeared on the INN web site.

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