Research: 2013 State Of Cloud Computing

Apr 29, 2013


Research: 2013 State Of Cloud Computing  

Our 2013 InformationWeek State of Cloud Computing Survey tells a tale of tepid adoption that’s both unsurprising and discouraging. To get at the breakdown between private/hybrid and public models we asked about not only SaaS, PaaS and IaaS but use of virtualization. Among 446 business technology professionals at organizations with 50 or more employees, 64% are virtualizing; that meshes with last summer’s Private Cloud Survey, which showed 51% of 414 ­respondents with clouds in place or starting down the road; we’ll buy that the additional 13% have hybrid clouds in place. 

However, the number in our current survey using the most popular public option, SaaS, actually dropped eight points since our 2012 State of Cloud poll.

Other data points:

>> 66% have between two and five providers in use

>> 51% cite security defects in the technology itself as a top cloud risk 

>> 33% do not integrate various cloud services; users have separate accounts for each provider

>> 21% accept SLA terms as they are, up from 15% in 2012

>> 19% rate the general performance of cloud-based applications better than same app hosted in-house

In this report, we:

>> Walk through the main themes revealed by the survey results, highlighting the differences (where they exist) between the way that the cloud is being adopted by startups and the early majority versus our survey respondents. 

>> Discuss how ultimately the cloud is going to do one of two things to the IT departments within large organizations: It will either make them more strategically important, or it will make IT obsolete. The outcome will depend upon whether IT can adjust to its changing role.

Respondent breakdown: 62% have 1,000 or more employees; 27% are over 10,000. Education, government and noncomputer manufacturing are well-represented, and 37% are IT director/manager or IT executive management (C-level/VP) level. (R6490513)

Survey Name InformationWeek 2013 State of Cloud Computing Survey

Survey Date February 2013

Region North America

Number of Respondents 446 at organizations with 50 or more employees

Purpose To determine in the role of cloud computing in the enterprise

Methodology InformationWeek surveyed business technology decision-makers at North American companies with 50 or more employees. The survey was conducted ­online, and respondents were recruited via an email invitation containing an embedded link to the survey. The email invitation was sent to qualified InformationWeek subscribers.



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