Trends in Cloud Computing

Michael Vizard


The good news is that a new survey of 500 IT professionals and 400 IT services firms from CompTIA finds that the number of people who say they have a pretty good understanding of what cloud computing is all about is getting higher. As a direct result, the number of companies that plan to invest in cloud computing is growing correspondingly.

The bad news is that there is still plenty of confusion over what services are being offered in the cloud and concerns over security issues are still holding some people back. In addition, the depth of knowledge about the cloud may be questionable given how much the respondents seem to equate software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications with cloud computing. There's no doubt that SaaS represents a major part of the cloud computing marketplace, but it's certainly not the most compelling element.

Seth Robinson, director of technology analysis for the trade association, says that as investments in the cloud increase there is no doubt that IT organizations will also gain a greater understanding of both infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) offerings and platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offerings. Whether those two categories remain distinct is still unknown, but Robinson says he expects that PaaS adoption will probably advance at a much slower rate than IaaS.

The survey also seems to indicate that there is a significant amount of rising interest in private clouds. But it's still not all that clear whether those private clouds will be deployed on premise or on public infrastructure or in some hybrid fashion that spans both approaches.

What is clear is that integration costs, coupled with the initial cost of setting up a cloud environment, are starting to become much bigger concerns as IT organizations move from thinking about the cloud to actually trying to build and manage one.

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Sep 6, 2011 6:09 AM Srini Prabhala Srini Prabhala  says:
Thanks Mike for sharing the details of CompTIA survey results and your analysis on the same.. While we are seeing some confusion with large Banks and Financial services on leveraging private cloud strategy, some of the capital markets players are quite ahead. Since they have made significant investments over thier grid and virtualization strategies, they are migrating to a private cloud strategy quite well. Once they have started on this path, some are still struggling to get their hands around how to leverage their private cloud investments, which applications do they migrate first, how do integrate the applications accross LOBs and geographies. While are seeing lot of traction for Iaas offerings at this time, some who have move a little ahead are looking at migration strategies post setting up of private cloud aggressively. It will surely be interesting time in the cloud for services industry.. Reply
Sep 29, 2011 4:09 AM Rob Benwell Rob Benwell  says:
With cloud computing, you eliminate those headaches because you�re not managing hardware and software�that�s the responsibility of an experienced vendor.You only pay for what you need, upgrades are automatic, and scaling up or down is easy.With a cloud app, you just open a browser, log in, customize the app, and start using it. Reply

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