Amazon Web Services, Windows Azure top cloud dev choices, says survey

Summary:Based on Forrester's data, Amazon Web Services (AWS) has a lead, but Windows Azure and Google's cloud isn't far behind.

Amazon Web Services and Microsoft's Windows Azure are the most commonly used platforms for enterprise cloud developers, according to a Forrester Research survey.

The survey covers a lot of ground. For instance, cloud developers are typically using platforms for infrastructure as a service, gravitate to operating systems like Windows 8 much faster than the public and favor open source technologies.

Here's a shot of the cloud pecking order as it stands today for enterprise software developers.


Based on Forrester's data, Amazon Web Services (AWS) has a lead, but Windows Azure and Google's cloud isn't far behind. Meanwhile, established enterprise vendors such as IBM, Oracle and HP are also players. Salesforce also has momentum, but has a majority of developers who have no plans to do anything with and Heroku. Rackspace, Red Hat and HP have similar challenges.

The Forrester survey also turned up a few interesting data points about cloud developers. Cloud developers were defined as those using cloud/elastic applications. The sample size for cloud developers was 125 and 572 for those not using cloud applications with 1,815 respondents overall. Among the key items:

  • Application integration, mobile and internal Web applications are the three top uses for cloud environments over the last 12 months.
  • HTML, JavaScript, PHP, Ruby and Python are the top languages. Custom applications that use SQL databases and application servers are also dev technologies that have been used in last 24 months.
  • Enterprise cloud developers are targeting desktop PCs, laptops and browsers for their software. Smartphones and tablets are also key, but middle of the priority list.
  • Open source technologies dominate for cloud developers.
  • Cloud platforms are largely used for infrastructure such as compute and storage as well as relational database.
  • 19 percent of cloud developers use Windows 8. 3 percent of non-cloud developers use Windows 8.
  • Cloud developers generally are more aligned with the business compared to their non-cloud counterparts.
  • Cloud developers spend more time coding on their own time. For instance, 7 percent of cloud developers say they average 20 hours a week programming for personal reasons compared to 3 percent non-cloud. Another 14 percent of cloud providers said they average between 11 and 20 hours a week programming on their own time compared to 3 percent non-cloud. And 33 percent of cloud developers average 5 hours to 10 hours a week programming on their own time compared to 15 percent non-cloud.
  • Forty one percent of non-cloud developers say they don't program or develop on their own time (19 percent of cloud developers had that response).
  • The top three developer frameworks for cloud were Microsoft Team Foundation Server, Apache Ant and IBM Build Forge.

Topics: Cloud, Enterprise Software, Developer


Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and SmartPlanet as well as Editorial Director of ZDNet's sister site TechRepublic. He was most recently Executive Editor of News and Blogs at ZDNet. Prior to that he was executive news editor at eWeek and news editor at Baseline. He also served as the East Coast news editor and finance editor at CN... Full Bio

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