Research: 96% say IaaS meets expectations

TechRepublic's infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) survey reveals what companies say about current and future plans for the cloud, top vendors, and the benefits of a public versus private or hybrid cloud solution.
Written by Teena Maddox, Contributor

The word “cloud” is being used with ever-growing frequency, but exactly who is using it and are the results satisfactory?

To find out the current IT mindset on cloud/Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), TechRepublic did an informal, online survey in early March, asking IT leaders if they’d moved to the cloud, and if so, what business drivers led that decision. The survey delved into whether public, private or hybrid cloud solutions were chosen, and the benefits of choosing one versus the other.

Download the full IaaS Research: Leaders Share Cloud Strategies for the 21st Century Data Center report.

Topics covered in the survey include:

  • Vendors used for current cloud services
  • Vendors being considered for future cloud services
  • Reasons for going to the cloud
  • Does the cloud meet expectations
  • Why some companies aren’t adopting the cloud
  • Current cloud status
  • Public, private or hybrid?

One of the questions asked was whether companies are using a public, private or hybrid cloud solution. The public model means there is no on-premise data center, while a private model is on-premise and the IT staff uses something like VMware vCloud Director or Microsoft Private Cloud to provide IaaS to the end users. Hybrid is a combination of the two.

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Gartner recently reported that IaaS continues to be the fastest growing of the current cloud services. In 2012 it grew 42.4 percent to $6.1 billion and has an expected growth of 47.3 percent in 2013 to $9 billion.

The one thing that is certain is that there will continue to be growth in the cloud. Enterprise IT will undoubtedly move toward some type of cloud model for its backups, data recovery data centers (or co-locations), testing and development, or even for its main data center.

Download the full IaaS Research: Leaders Share Cloud Strategies for the 21st Century Data Center report.

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