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The forecast of cloud computing in the U.S.

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September 1, 2011
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How prevalent is business use of cloud computing? The outcomes of one survey suggest use of both private and public clouds have real momentum in the USA, with private cloud computing proves to be more popular.

In the United States among 210 IT executives, roughly one-third now utilizes only private cloud computing, meanwhile the other one-third employs both public and private clouds. About 1 in 10 employs only public cloud computing and nearly one-quarter deploys no cloud computing option altogether.

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The survey made by Harris Interacted and sponsored by Novell in august, shows that 43% of IT executives with foresee of decision-making authority increased use of both private and public cloud platforms in future. Approximately 29% of responders wait for more use of private-cloud platforms, and 5% wait for increased use of public clouds. The other 5% do not have any plans concerning use of cloud computing, and 7% stated that they are not sure.

The target of the Harris Interactive survey was also to find out whether deployments of cloud computing will be alongside, in place of substitution, company-owned data centers.

When the IT execs were asked if the cloud computing use will increase as current IT platforms require to be replaced, 92% of responders answered either “somewhat agree” or “strongly agree”. Yet, almost 9 in 10 consent that cloud computing will be alongside, in place of substituting, company-owned data centers.

When the question was about the benefits of public cloud computing, 69% referred to freedom of maintaining a lower cost of upkeep and hardware, nearly 60% reported that both better resource scalability and lower cost of upkeep, and 37% stated that public cloud computing empowers “quicker IT response time”.

Public cloud computing still increases essential security concerns.

91% among the IT executives polled answered that they had security concerns regarding cloud computing, and nearly 9 in 10 stated that they believed confidential data presents to be more secure in private-cloud systems than it occurs in public-cloud systems. Additionally, 81% referred to concern that it is more difficult to maintain policy and regulatory compliance in public as opposed to private clouds.

There are still some negative perceptions concerning public-cloud computing are rampant, along with three quarters of responders expressing the idea that “outside vendors are not as diligent regarding data security as in-house IT departments”. But probably majority of telling is the question of where responsibilities between vendor and client extend: 60 % of the IT execs stated that they “feel it is unclear in public cloud computing”.

The survey of Harris Interactive displays that 8 responders in 10 seem to be stooping toward private-cloud computing as providing most of benefits of public cloud computing without the compliance and security issues. 89% agreed that private clouds are the following logical step for organizations that already deploying virtualization.

While answering the question of possible barriers to adoption of private-cloud computing, 53% of responders stated that the initial cost is a barrier, as well as half expressed security concerns.


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