Shedding New Light on the Cloud: Exclusive Research
By Gina Roos
Most industry players agree that cloud computing is one of the fastest-growing technologies and services across the channel. But how are enterprises deploying their cloud computing infrastructures? Exclusive Research conducted by Palmer Research and QuinStreet Enterprise uncovered some surprising insights when they surveyed IT professionals and executives involved in the purchase of cloud computing solutions. One key finding shows that the private cloud is the most popular cloud deployment model, compared with public, hybrid and community clouds, which gives the upper hand to vendors that offer private cloud infrastructures and services. Companies are holding back from adopting cloud computing because of concerns about security, privacy, uptime and control of data, which is why private cloud deployment is the most popular among survey respondents. But there is still an opportunity for public cloud providers to increase their value in the eyes of customers who are currently evaluating private cloud deployments. Not surprisingly, software-as-a-service (SaaS) adoption takes the lead over infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) and platform-as-a-service (PaaS). Channel Insider, which is published by QuinStreet, takes a look at the study's key findings.