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User Rank: Ninja
5/17/2014 | 8:42:42 PM
Re: When does 'preferred' become actual cloud use?
I agree it is good to lean towards skepticism when data is not fully disclosed. However, it is possible that IDC's survey group wanted to remain anonymous. I think IBM has the potential to become a major IaaS provider, through their flexible hardware architecture that's good for Cloud and things to come, for example, services in the internet of things. And besides hardware, their SaaS offering (GBS) also has the potential to capture a sizable market share because they have positioned themselves in the right place -- if this takes off then, I imagine it would be heavily focused on their infrastructure architecture.
Charlie Babcock
Charlie Babcock,
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5/16/2014 | 7:27:01 PM
When does 'preferred' become actual cloud use?
There is nothing in the report that tells us whether those surveyed were actual cloud users. If you interviewed a bunch of mainframe, WebSphere, DB2 and CICS users who do not yet use a cloud provider, who would their "preferred" provider be? If the survey was more scientific than that, tell me so and how it was done somewhere in the report. In a query to IDC, I was assured it was not an IBM or vendor financed report. I like IDC information in general and have confidence in its independence. But I lean toward skepticism on this one.  
Andrew Binstock
Andrew Binstock,
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5/16/2014 | 2:15:54 PM
Cisco? Really?
Of all the things in this article, the most surprising to me is Cisco's high position. I talk to lots of vendors in IT about cloud, and I don't think I've ever heard a single one mention a Cisco cloud. Granted my experience is inherently anecdotal, but it makes me feel uncomfortable about the other conclusions.
Lorna Garey
Lorna Garey,
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5/16/2014 | 12:56:21 PM
Data manipulation 101
To me this is key: "The main question was carefully worded to ask what surveyed buyers would "prefer" in an IaaS provider, not who they were actually using as a cloud vendor."

Not to discount the value of a familiar brand or these companies' cloud plans, but that essentially prompts respondents to fill in the names of their preferred incumbent vendors, regardless of whether these vendors have top-notch cloud offerings. 

Did IDC also ask what IaaS providers are actually in use? Or whether respondents know anything about the offerings from IBM, Cisco, etc.?

User Rank: Ninja
5/16/2014 | 12:27:29 PM
IBM has the name and clout in the enterprise community. This seems amazingly clear to these "cloud buyers" that were surveyed. And although the Googles and Amazons of the world are really taking Big Blue to task, it is clear that IBM still has caceht as a name. 

Now all they need to do is catch up. Sounds easy, right?

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