Several weeks ago, we released the GoGrid Cloud Survey Report, which contained data from a survey we conducted at the beginning of the year. We polled over 500 CTOs, developers and IT professionals, and asked them to share their industry insights and specifics on how they used cloud technology.
Our first post in this series, “What is Cloud Computing and How Do You Use It?“, focused on what IT professionals believe cloud computing encompasses and what aspects they use in their work process. As the largest Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) pure play in the world, we were curious to see what percentage of the IT industry used cloud infrastructure currently and if there were plans to increase infrastructure usage throughout 2011.
We have taken the key findings of the survey and created several interesting charts and graphics. Because of the extensive nature of the survey, we will be releasing the findings in topical blog posts over the coming months, but you can download the full survey results data at any time by clicking here.
The results of our survey highlight two key findings:
1) Higher than expected use of Infrastructure-as-a-Service
We asked the industry if they were using cloud infrastructure and found that over 45% of our respondents use IaaS in some way, shape or form. This number was much higher than I anticipated. While many businesses use cloud technology, the primary use has been Software-as-a-Service (like e-mail or other hosted services). This data shows that there is a healthy understanding and adoption of cloud infrastructure services.
It’s important to remember that when we talk about Infrastructure services that we are talking about various appliances that make up ones infrastructure, namely, cloud servers, load balancers, cloud storage, firewalls, private networking, etc. While the primary adoption by corporations and enterprises does seem to be focused on cloud applications, many companies choose to create and launch these applications built on top of cloud infrastructure, the fundamental building blocks that are making the cloud so successful.