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Joe McKendrick

Survey Finds Private Clouds More Pervasive Than Thought

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Over the past year, there has been plenty of discussion about the value offered by private clouds, which are seen as a more secure alternative to public clouds. The road to private cloud is seen through virtualization and service oriented architecture, among other new technologies and best practices.

It was assumed that private cloud as a concept is in the formative stages at many companies as they explore approaches and business requirements. However, it appears cloud is already a big part of many organizations, a new survey reveals.

In my work with Unisphere Research/Information Today Inc., I had the opportunity to survey 267 members of the the Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG), on their adoption of cloud computing, and found a groundswell of interest in the private cloud concept.

The trend to private cloud to continue intensifying. Users who are relatively mature in their use of private cloud and who have invested more significantly are reaping cost savings by eliminating duplication, standardizing for operational efficiency and through higher asset utilization.

For purposes of this survey, underwritten by Oracle, we defined "private clouds" as virtualized IT resources, controlled and owned by the organization, providing on-demand shared services to end users within or affiliated with the organization. By contrast, for purposes of this study, public clouds are services offered to any and all users on a commercial, pay-per-use basis by a third party.

The survey find that 29% of organizations report they already have deployed an internal cloud, with another 15% piloting, planning or considering private clouds. Even the private cloud pilots must have serious traction, as a total of 37% of respondents indicate that some piece of their organization's workload processing or infrastructure is now available through private cloud services.

When looking at private cloud implementations, there is a strong focus on "platform as a service" (database and middleware) capabilities, versus "infrastructure as a service" (compute and storage services). 

In this blog (formerly known as "SOA in Action"), Joe McKendrick examines how BPM and related business and IT approaches can promote business transformation.

Joe McKendrick

Joe McKendrick is an author and independent analyst who tracks the impact of information technology on management and markets. View more

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