It's a cloud, cloud, cloud, cloud world

It's a cloud, cloud, cloud, cloud world

Summary: A recent business survey by RightScale shows that the cloud has become mainstream and that open-source cloud technology is leading the way.


If you still think the cloud is just so much marketing hot air, RightScale, a cloud management company, has news for you: Almost 50 percent of businesses have already moved at least some applications to the cloud.

Less than 10-percent of businesses are still resisting the allure of cloud computing. (Credit: RightScale)

In its survey of 625 IT professionals, RightScale found in its RightScale State of the Cloud 2013 report (PDF Link) that 26-percent of businesses were already using clouds, Cloud Focused;  23-percent were not that far along but had none-the-less had multiple projects and apps on the cloud, Cloud Explorers; 26-percent were on their first cloud project, Cloud Beginners; 17-percent were considering using the cloud, Cloud Watchers; and a mere 8-percent had no cloud plans. If you still think the cloud is vaporware, you need to stop being an ostrich and get your head out of the sand.

This isn't just an enterprise move. RightScale said that three out of four companies are moving to the cloud. While the enterprise, at 77-percent, is adopting the cloud faster than SMBs. 73-percent, businesses of all kinds and sizes are embracing cloud computing.

As the cloud movement grows, RightScale has also found that while SMBs may be willing to put all their IT eggs in one cloud basket, the enterprise is much more inclined to move to a hybrid mix of public and private clouds. Specifically, larger businesses start with using the public cloud and then build out a private cloud and in the end, 29-percent are currently using a hybrid cloud model. Some, 15-percent, even if they are committed to public clouds such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), are hedging their bets by using multiple public cloud services.

Which clouds are they using? If it's a public cloud, AWS is still the cloud of choice, but it's no longer the automatic choice. Rackspace (RAX), which is built on top of OpenStack; Google Compute Engine (GCE); and Windows Azure total more than 20-percent of the market. Taken together, they're about 20-percent behind AWS. Therefore, RightScale predicts that "In such a competitive environment, buyers can expect vendors to compete for their business on price, features, and service."

AWS leads the public cloud by a big margin, but three challengers are moving up. (Credit: RightScale)


They're right. AWS recently slashed prices for dedicated virtual servers by 80-percent. RackSpace responded by talking up its value and support.  The real worry for AWS's competitors is that Amazon can afford to lose money on AWS and cut prices still lower. If all cloud customers care about are prices, AWS does look unbeatable. If they also care about features and services--and they can deliver better than AWS does--then the other cloud vendors still have a shot.

On the private cloud, it's a different story. Here AWS doesn't have a prayer. In three years OpenStack has come out of nowhere and is now leading private cloud rate. It's followed by CloudStack and Eucalyptus, which can work with AWS.

In the private cloud, OpenStack leads, but two other public open-source cloud programs are also in the mix. (Credit: RightScale)


While RightScale didn't point this out, another noteworthy fact about the growth of the cloud is that with the exception of Azure, its all open-source plays. RackSpace, CloudStack and Eucalyptus are all pure open-source. AWS and Google Compute Engine aren't pure open-source, as AWS is based on Linux and the Xen hypervisor and Google Compute Engine runs on Linux.

Put it all together and what do you get? The conclusion is that traditional IT needs to wake up and smell the coffee. Cloud computing is the future of IT, it's really that simple.

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Topics: Cloud, Amazon, IT Priorities, Linux, Open Source, Virtualization

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  • I wouldn't

    I wouldn't store anything on the cloud if they paid me an exorbitant amount of money to do so. Nobody is going to be in charge of my data security but me.
  • RightScale, a cloud management company, has news for you:

    Let me guess, according to them every thing is going to the cloud and anyone that doesn't join up is left behind. Pffttt...

    Maybe next time you can get the KKK to give us some information on racism.

    Speaking of the cloud, care to tell us about the Linux servers (Ubuntu) being hacked and over a million users information stolen?
    • Maybe after they tell us about these hacked Windows webservers.

      Ubisoft - July 3, 2013 (Running IIS)
      Microsoft Official Website - July 1, 2013 (Running IIS)
      U.S Department of Labor - May 2, 2013 (Running IIS)

      It only took 5 minutes to these 3, imagine how many hacked IIS sites I would find if I tried.
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  • NoAxToGrind is right about 1 thing.

    It is hard to take the word of a cloud company telling us the cloud is the place to be.

    I am sure NoAxToGrind will agree 100%, that much like anti-malware companies telling us how much Android malware there is, they have no creditability at all.
  • Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols sold out a long time ago.

    Some where a long the way Steven said to hell with all of it, and started lining his pockets with Google promotion money and now apparently cloud promotion money. He could give too shits about anything but the bank account, another idiot that believes IQ is tied to bank numbers.
  • Concerns on cloud security

    Interesting article. The benefits of cloud are many but concerns over security and privacy of data on cloud have been hindering cloud adoption. Came across this interesting whitepaper on cloud security that might interest a few readers “Cloud risks Striking a balance between savings and security”
  • Cloudy....

    While there are tons of companies that have embraced the cloud, I personally will not be using it. And this is not to slight or insult any of the cloud companies or cloud service providers out there, this is strictly going off of what I've read and seen on the internet about the NSA and the "spying" that some companies do on its customers, or anyone who uses a product or service owned by them. I don't have a problem showing my ID when its necessary...(traveling internationally or within the US....applying for a job...driver's license etc.) but when it comes to my personal info that is stored on my computers at home, I prefer to keep all my sensitive info (and even the non-sensitive stuff as well!) on a 2TB external HD that backs up everything from my PC. I don't like the idea of not only the government.....but ANYONE who's tecnically savvy enough to hack into a supposedly "hardened" server looking and accessing my data. I don't own a corporation, or a Fortune 500 company, so this is really not much of an issue for me....but for the companies that are stuck with the decision as to whether or not they should use cloud computing or turn to other means to store and save their data, I feel sorry for ya, because these companies (who somehow are in bed with the government...go figure!) will do everything in their power to make it your ONLY choice! After reading about the NSA and Microsoft..and Google etc. I don't intend on using cloud computing for ANYTHING. I shop mostly at the Mom & Pop shops out here where I live, and I am connected to the internet so I can email family and friends, and while I may be required to use SOME cloud products at my place of work (LogMeIn..and other remote connection clients) I won't be looking to put any of my data in the cloud ever. It's just not a good idea to place all your eggs in that one particular least not now....just my 2 cents.