Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Tell Us What You Think About the Future of the Cloud

In the spring of 2011, we teamed up with several open source companies to conduct a survey of trends in cloud computing and published the results under a Creative Commons license. The cloud space has been changing incredibly quickly over the past few years, so we're doing another survey to see just how much the industry and technologies have changed since 2011. Of course, we'll publish the results again so that everyone will have access to them. As an added bonus, all respondents who provide their contact info will have a chance to win one of 5 new iPads

We would love it if you would take just a few minutes to share your thoughts on the future of the cloud. You can take the survey at: 

If you are curious about the results of the last survey, here is a summary of a few of the findings:
  • ·       61% of organizations are in the information gathering or planning stages or have an approved cloud computing strategy (but no implementation), 20% have cloud implementations and 20% have no cloud computing plans at this point
  • ·       70% of data center managers choose to deploy infrastructure on dedicated resources (e.g. dedicated servers and data center resources) while only 12% prefer to deploy their infrastructure in the public cloud.
  • ·       Hardware savings was cited as the most popular reason for using cloud-based storage and platform-as-a-service.
  • ·       12% of IT professionals indicated their preference was to run their infrastructure in public clouds
  • ·       The open source Linux operating system is the dominant guest operating system in the cloud with 83% of IT professionals planning to deploy Linux as a guest operating system, 66% will be deploying Windows OSes in the cloud
  • ·       Open source usage is pervasive among cloud computing users with 69% using open source software whenever possible while only 3% claim not to use open source software at all. All government users indicated some degree of open source usage.
  • ·       Among cloud computing users 59% will use compute clouds, 51% will use cloud storage and 47% will be using Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offerings
  • ·       The number one overall reason inhibiting cloud computing adoption is lack of cloud computing training (43%), followed by security concerns (36%).
Don't forget to take the survey to share your thoughts on the cloud and for a chance to win a latest-generation iPad!