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Cloud Computing On the Rise despite Debate on Its Definition---Survey

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July 06, 2010

Cloud Computing On the Rise despite Debate on Its Definition---Survey

By Madhubanti Rudra, TMCnet Contributor

Cloud is the latest catchword in the world of communication and this year's Cisco (News - Alert) Live held between June 29 and July1 in Las Vegas, once again proved that. Network Instruments, a leading provider of performance management and troubleshooting, conducted a survey during Cisco Live and after polling some 184 network engineers, managers, and directors, came up with interesting findings about the organizations' cloud computing preferences.

The survey revealed that a clear understanding about the actual definition of cloud technology is yet to arrive, but that did not deter 71 percent of organizations from implementing some form of cloud computing.
The report found out that cloud adoption has become a widespread phenomenon:
  • Of the 71 percent having adopted cloud computing solutions, half of these respondents deployed some form of private cloud.
  • Forty-six percent implemented some form of Software as a Service (SaaS), such as or Google (News - Alert) Apps.
  • Thirty-two percent utilize Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), such as Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud.
  • A smaller number (16 percent) rely on some form of Platform as a Service (PaaS), such as Microsoft (News - Alert) Azure and's Force.
Interestingly, the survey found out that meaning of the Cloud computing is still debatable.
For different respondents, the term 'cloud computing' meant different things. To the majority, it meant any IT services accessed via public Internet (46 percent).  For other respondents, the term referred to computer resources and storage that can be accessed on-demand (34 percent).
A smaller number of respondents stated cloud computing pertained to the outsourcing of hosting and management of computing resources to third-party providers (30 percent).
When asked, how performance had changed after implementation of Cloud, 64 percent reported that application availability improved. The second area of improvement reported was a reduction in the costs of managing IT infrastructure (48 percent).
However, there were also respondents who observed network performance stayed the same or declined as a result of Clod implemenatation.. Sixty-five percent indicated that security of corporate data declined or remained the same, compared to 35 percent that saw security improvements. With regards to troubleshooting performance problems, 61 percent reported no change or faced increased difficulty in detecting and solving problems.
"With proper planning and tools to ensure visibility from the user to the cloud provider, Cisco Live attendees are successfully deploying cloud services. I was a bit surprised by the number of companies lacking tools to detect and troubleshoot cloud performance issues, as they risk running into significant problems that jeopardize any cost savings they may have initially gained," Brad Reinboldt, product marketing manager at Network Instruments (News - Alert), said.

Madhubanti Rudra is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Alice Straight

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