Infrastructure-as-a-Service Adoption Growing, Report Finds

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A Yankee Group survey finds 24 percent of large enterprises already use IAAS (infrastructure as a service), suggesting cloud deployments are no longer limited to SAAS (software as a service).

Software as a service's younger sibling just got an ego boost, according to a report from IT research firm Yankee Group. A company survey found 24 percent of large enterprises with cloud experience are already using IAAS (infrastructure as a service), and an additional 37 percent expect to adopt IAAS during the next 24 months. Yankee Group analysts noted that although adoption is still much slower than that of SAAS solutions, the market is gaining traction.

"Is IAAS Moving Beyond Just Cloud Fluff?", a report based on Yankee Group’s Anywhere Enterprise: 2010 U.S. Cloud Computing FastView Survey, uncovered adoption trends for this pay-as-you-go infrastructure solution. The survey probed more than 400 U.S. IT decision-makers and included 53 questions focused on these companies’ plans for cloud computing.

Yankee Group defines IAAS as a pool of shared computing resources, including servers and storage, that are available and scalable on demand. These resources can be provided in a shared, public multitenanted or dedicated private basis. The report examines IAAS adoption by enterprises and identifies the key requirements for future growth.

The survey found expedited adoption is one of the drivers of the IAAS market, with 60 percent of enterprises considering IAAS in the next 24 months actually planning to implement it in the next 12 months. The No. 1 barrier for enterprises considering IAAS adoption is virtualization security, but those that have already deployed IAAS rank regulatory compliance, data migration, reliability, employee use and quantitative benefits higher, the survey found.

The presence of preferred partners also plays a role in the growing adoption of IAAS, the survey found. Though the majority of all cloud adopters view systems integrators as their most trusted partners for cloud computing (29 percent), IAAS early adopters said telecom companies are best positioned for cloud services (33 percent).

"The desire to adopt is there, but IAAS solutions and providers still have some barriers to address," said Sandra Palumbo, Yankee Group research fellow and author of the report. "As adoption plans begin to mount, the time is now for service providers, systems integrators and others to solidify their solutions and address the lingering concerns around the cloud."