Survey: Cloud Computing Still in Infancy

Thursday Dec 9th 2010 by Sean Michael Kerner
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A vendor sponsored study indicates that the move toward cloud computing may be not as advanced as it sometimes appears.

While cloud computing and virtualization are today's leading emerging IT trends, does actual adoption live up to the hype? Sean Michael Kerner reports.


The cloud is a topic that is top of mind for many in enterprise IT, but how widely is it actually being deployed now? Networking vendor Cisco this week issued a pair of separate studies looking at cloud and virtualization deployments which may shed some light.

According to the new Cisco Connected World global study of IT professionals in 13 countries, only 18 percent of global respondents indicated that they are actually now using cloud computing in any capacity. Digging deeper into specific geographies shows that different countries have higher rates of cloud adoption. Brazil and Germany top the list for cloud penetration, with both countries tied at 27 percent. India follows at 26 percent, and the United States comes in at 23 percent.

Cisco's Connected World report also asked about intentions, and that's where the future looks brighter for cloud computing. Approximately 88 percent of survey respondents said they have plans to use the cloud to store some portion of their enterprise application and data inside of the next three years.

Read the rest at ServerWatch.

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