The 451 Group Presents Cloud Computing Survey Results

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Cloud computing is set to grow across all deployment types – public, private, hybrid and community/partner. Spending on clouds is accelerating, and more than one-third of end users we surveyed will increase spending by more than 20% next year. Test and development and Web application hosting remain the key workloads being run on clouds; workplace environments and recovery on-demand are next.

451 Principal Analyst and 451 Group Founder, William Fellows, has published a report titled “IT is Cloud – To Infrastructure and Beyond.”

Key Findings of the Report:

Cloud computing is becoming a first-class citizen for users as they seek 'best execution venues' for workloads. More than half of users surveyed report that they are piloting projects to experiment with and test clouds. Nearly 40% of users are employing clouds for noncritical applications, and a little less than one-third are using clouds for critical applications.

While perceived economic advantages still drive customers to test clouds, in 2+ years of surveying end users, we continue to find that clouds are about flexibility more than cost. Operational benefits such as quicker time to market and then Capex savings are the next sets of adoption drivers.

The cloud has helped drive a modest increase in overall IT spending as a tailwind effect. We believe it will become a jet stream effect going forward.

Adoption is increasing at all parts of the cloud stack. PaaS is an increasingly popular deployment model and growing fastest, IaaS and SaaS are more penetrated. Workload priorities are grouped in order of importance: Web apps and test and dev; collaboration; DR/recovery on-demand.

Trust and control issues remain the key inhibitors to adoption. This includes IT security, SLA and data management (compliance, regulation and liability).

Source: The 451 Group Cloud Adoption Survey. 120 people responded to the survey. 64.5% of them represented organizations having $250 M or less in revenue.

Subscribers who wish to read this report can visit to read the full report. Others can contact their 451 sales representative.

About 451 Research

451 Research is a business unit of The 451 Group and is an independent technology-industry analyst company focused on the business of enterprise IT innovation. The company's analysts provide critical and timely insight into the market and competitive dynamics of innovation in emerging technology segments. Clients of the company – at vendor, investor, service-provider and end-user organizations – rely on 451 Research’s insight to support both strategic and tactical decision-making for competitive advantage.

The 451 Group operates 451 Research, Tier1 Research and The Uptime Institute. Tier1 Research is an independent division of The 451 Group that analyzes the financial and industry implications of developments impacting public and private companies within the hosting, communications and Internet infrastructure sectors. The Uptime Institute provides education, publications, consulting, certifications, conferences and seminars, as well as independent research and thought leadership for the enterprise datacenter industry and for datacenter professionals. The Uptime Institute's datacenter engineering and management consulting arm, Uptime Institute Professional Services – formerly known as ComputerSite Engineering – helps clients develop and execute solutions that are responsive to their unique business needs in order to ensure that their datacenters are managed for uninterruptible uptime over sustained periods.

The 451 Group is headquartered in New York, with offices in key locations including San Francisco, Washington, D.C., London and Boston.

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