The Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG) has published the results of a study on cloud adoption and, to no surprise, the enterprise loves the cloud.
The study, which polled 267 IT technology professionals and data managers – all of whom are Oracle users and members of the IOUG – looked at their adoption of cloud computing. The results echoed a number of other studies that confirm the growing popularity of cloud computing among enterprise, government agencies and educational institutions.
Among the more notable statistics: 29 percent of respondents have already deployed an internal cloud, while 37 percent said some piece of their organization’s workload processing or infrastructure is now available through private cloud services.
Database and middleware are the catalysts for the majority of private cloud implementations. Security, however, remains a concern for both public cloud and online application services.
The findings align with other recent studies related to cloud adoption in the enterprise. A recent study by Savvis noted that 75 percent of companies are either using enterprise-grade cloud computing solutions or plan to implement them over the next five years. Additionally, 64 percent of respondents said they expect spending on hosted, on-demand and/or cloud-based software at their companies to increase over the next year.
And in a recent survey by CompTIA, 64 percent of respondents reported involvement with cloud computing compared to 36 percent of small companies and 58 percent of larger firms. Overall, 72 percent plan to expand the number and types of cloud computing services they use over the next year.
Finally, a study conducted by Gartner pointed out the demand for private cloud infrastructures over public ones. Sixty-seven percent of study participants said they prefer an internal or private cloud infrastructure, while 28 percent prefer a fully managed public cloud. Only 21 percent choose and use a regular public cloud such as Amazon’s EC2.
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