Most IT professionals view cloud computing as offering greater flexibility than traditional computing models, according to a recent study.

The study, entitled Enterprise-Grade Cloud Computing Adoption: Trends and Purchase Requirements, was commissioned by Savvis and conducted by IDG Research Services together with CIO Custom Solutions Group.

The research found 69 percent of respondents perceived cloud computing solutions as offering greater flexibility, while 64 percent expect company spending on cloud-based, hosted and on-demand software to increase in the next year.

Three quarters of companies either plan to implement enterprise-grade cloud computing during the next five years or already have done so, according to the study.

The study surveyed 172 senior IT professionals from across the world.

Bryan Doerr, chief technology officer at Savvis, claimed the study demonstrates the depth of interest in enterprise cloud computing. "The independent study validates the industry notion that enterprises want customizable cloud solutions that go beyond the application level and comprehensively address requirements such as security and service levels," he said.

The study's results reiterate the findings of another recent study, conducted by Chadwick Martin Bailey. According to the CBM report, 28 percent of organizations currently have aggressive plans to shift to cloud computing architectures.