Public cloud platforms may have become a multi-billion-dollar industry, but so far only a relatively small minority of developers are biting.
That's the finding of a new survey of more than 13,000 developers, published by VisionMobile. "Public clouds might be the way of the future, but as far as developers are concerned they're not yet the way of the present," the report's authors -- Bill Ray, Mark Wilcox, and Christina Voskoglou -- conclude. They note that public cloud giant Amazon Web Services, the leading public cloud, only serves as the primary platform for 16% of software developers. Another 44% of developers prefer to keep their apps in-house entirely. AWS "may dominate the public-cloud industry, but when it comes to cloud development the most-popular hosting option is to keep things in-house," they observe.
Convenience and flexibility may also be driving factors in self-hosted clouds, they add. ""The availability of cloud environments is also a factor, enabling enterprises to realize many of the advantages of cloud computing within their own infrastructure, and ensure their applications will be cloud-friendly when the advantages of a hosted solution become irresistible."
Amazon dominates as the public cloud of choice among developers, but Microsoft Azure as close second.