A new report by Applied Research West for vendor F5 Networks indicates companies are putting cloud computing in high esteem, even though many of them can't agree on what embodies cloud computing. IT Business Edge editor Ann All writes that according to this report, most respondents think software-as-a-service qualifies, three-quarters believe platform-as-a-service is a form of cloud computing, and 60 percent identify infrastructure-as-a-service as cloud computing.
That aside, most of the companies who responded are using cloud computing or will be using it shortly. According to the survey, 66 percent of IT managers have money in their budgets for cloud computing and 71 percent expect funding for cloud computing to grow over the next two years. Eighty-two percent said they are testing, implementing or using public clouds. A like number said the same about private clouds, All says.
Cost effectiveness seems to be the catalyst for companies' willingness to adopt cloud computing. Sixty-eight percent of respondents say public cloud computing reduces capital costs. Seventy-seven percent of respondents cite efficiency gains from using public clouds instead of further building out internal IT infrastructure, and 61 percent say the cloud eases staffing issues.
For those wanting to learn more about cloud computing and how to implement it, this Cloud Computing Checklist is available in the Knowledge Network. There is also an excerpt from the book "Dot Cloud - The 21st Century Business Platform Built on Cloud Computing."