IT pundits, and some practitioners, have spent years chattering about cloud, tossing around the same tired complaints. Meanwhile, cloud vendors have their own narratives, endlessly retweeted and reblogged, about why their services will make your life sunshine and unicorns. We’re not going to waste your time on either. Let’s assume you get cloud’s reality and trade-offs and can parse marketecture on your own. Instead, we’re going to guide you through the results of our latest State of Cloud Computing Survey and jump into five factors that will determine which cloud deployments will succeed — and which vendors will win in the marketplace.
Among the 380 respondents to our InformationWeek 2014 State of Cloud Computing Survey, all from companies with 50 or more employees, 22% have no cloud plans — that’s unchanged from last year. Once we drop these respondents, we get a pretty clear picture of what’s working:
- 64% use SaaS, up from 57% in February 2013. Software-as-a-service is the undisputed top way respondents consume cloud.
- 51% cite security defects in the technology itself as the top concern when using cloud, unchanged from 2013.
- 31% have scoped out the potential impact of a cloud service on their Internet-facing architectures.
- 10% are using or testing containerization systems, such as Docker.
In this report, we:
- Examine whether hybrid cloud is in it for the long haul or just a stopgap measure that will be largely abandoned in the coming years
- Discuss why PaaS has floundered even as IaaS and SaaS gain momentum
- Provide insight on the next battleground for IaaS providers and whether it’s time to let your developers make cloud purchasing decisions