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Cloud Computing Gets Deeper and More Strategic, Survey Shows

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Cloud Computing Gets Deeper and More Strategic, Survey Shows

Close to two-fifths of organizations now run private clouds in one form or another, and one-fourth are using public cloud services in an enterprise capacity. Private clouds are being extended deeper into the organizations that have them — a majority expect to be running most of their workloads in the cloud within the next 12 months, especially Platform as a Service middleware. In addition, close to one-third of public cloud users report they are employing hosted services to run their private clouds for them.

These are some of the findings of a new survey just published by Unisphere Research, a division of Information Today, Inc. The survey of 262 enterprise IT and data managers — most of whom are with the the Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG), finds that cloud computing continues gaining
converts within the enterprise, and is pushing down deep roots within companies that have deployed the approach. I helped design and wrote the analysis for the survey, which was underwritten by Oracle.

In the survey, 37% of enterprise managers indicate they are running or piloting private clouds, up from 29% two years ago. Another 26%  use public cloud services for enterprise applications, up from 14%. Among the public cloud users, 32% are employing outside services to host at least part of their private cloud infrastructures.

For purposes of this survey, “private cloud” is defined as on-demand shared services provided to internal departments or lines of business within enterprises. “Public cloud” is defined as on-demand services provided by public cloud providers.

Substantial portions of organizations’ total workloads are going to private clouds, the survey finds. Currently, 38% of respondents with private clouds report that a sizable segment of their workloads (more than one-tenth of their total IT assets) are now running within their cloud formations. By next year, a majority, 51%, expect to be running substantial parts of their workloads within private clouds.

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