An informal poll of more than 200 IT operations managers, infrastructure executives, developers, and architects from leading Global 2000 organizations revealed that nearly 50 percent of them are presently using external cloud services. The poll, conducted on March 30 during a webinar given by Scott Hammond, president and CEO of newScale, and Bernard Golden, CEO of HyperStratus, also indicated that 41 percent of the participants felt that it was “very important” to be planning for both internal and external cloud services at this time.
The webinar attendees were asked to select one of the answers to the following questions:
Are developers in your organization using an external cloud provider?
• Yes, but only for some test and development environments (32%)
• Yes, for test, development and even production (15%)
• Possibly, but we have no way of knowing (17%)
• I don’t think so, or at least I hope not (17%)
• No way, it’s not allowed (20%)
How important is it to plan for both internal data center and external cloud resources?
• Very important, must address internal and external (41%)
• Important, but focus is on internal infrastructure (21%)
• Important, but focus is on external cloud resources (12%)
• Somewhat important, primarily focused internally (18%)
• Not important, it’s not a priority (9%)
“Cloud computing is sweeping across development organizations like a tsunami, and IT operations must respond,” said newScale’s Hammond. “In 2009, IT operations executives had a ‘see-no-cloud, hear-no-cloud, speak-no-cloud’ attitude. But in 2010, they can’t avoid it – they have to get ahead of the cloud adoption trend or face the consequences.”