Another misconception: Large companies are more interested in building "internal clouds"; in other words, their IT departments offer pay-per-use computing within their own companies. Forrester's study found that 33% of large companies plan to use a service provider for IaaS, while just 24% want to run their own clouds. Forty-four percent plan to use a mix of both.
And the larger the company, the greater the awareness of cloud computing. When asked about their "level of awareness/interest" in pay-per-use computing, such as Amazon's EC2, Savvis, and Mosso, 27% of respondents with more than 20,000 employees say they are using or planning for it; 23% say they're interested but don't have the budget for it; and 28% aren't interested. Twenty-one percent of respondents at very large companies have been living on a desert island: they said they're not aware of this thing called cloud computing, or they checked the "don't know" box.
Companies with 5,000 to 19,000 employees fared worse on awareness, with 23% saying they didn't know or weren't aware of pay-per-use hosted, virtual servers. Slightly more than one-third knew but weren't interested, while 21% didn't have the budget for it. Twenty-one percent were planning or already using it.
Companies in the 500 to 5,000 employee range were slightly more with-it than their big brothers, with just under 20% saying they didn't know about cloud computing. Unfamiliarity was much higher among small companies: 26% of those with 100 to 499 employees didn't know about it, and 31% with those fewer than 100 employees weren't aware.
This research, published in a May 29 report by analyst Frank Gillett, tells us that most large companies are paying attention to this sometimes-hazy concept called cloud computing, and a sizeable minority is jumping into the cloud.