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Cloud computing is ubiquitous in name, but how significant is it in actual execution? In the data center, many businesses are placing their bets on conventional initiatives. In fact, the three major forms of cloud computing are at the bottom of the priority list.

According to the Symantec 2010 State of the Data Center survey released today, the top three data center priorities are security (83 percent), backup and disaster recovery (79 percent) and continuous data protection (76 percent). Cloud computing is ranked behind server consolidation, storage virtualization, data center consolidation and data deduplication.

By comparison, the three major cloud computing flavors are remarkably less support.

  • Private cloud computing: 57 percent
  • Hybrid cloud computing: 54 percent
  • Public cloud computing: 53 percent


There’s no denying that interest is building in cloud computing, software-as-a-service and Web-based services, but is interest indicative of adoption and execution? It may be that businesses are doing a lot of tire kicking and not buying cloud computing. Here’s a telling point: 41 percent of businesses surveyed say cloud computing isn’t covered in their current disaster recovery plans.

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