Windward Insights

Heading Deeper into Cloud

Published Sep. 29, 2011
Written by Sean McDermott

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An interesting article was quietly posted ineWeek.com, based on are research fromCompTIA. The article,Businesses Headed Deeper Into the Cloud: CompTIA Report, states:

Momentum behind the cloud computing movement continues to accelerate as businesses move from limited deployments to more comprehensive cloud solutions, according to research published by CompTIA, the nonprofit trade association for the IT industry. More than half (56 percent) of the organizations surveyed for CompTIA’s Second Annual Trends in Cloud Computing study said their investment in cloud computing will increase by 10 percent or more over the next 12 months.

As well as a quote from Seth Robinson, director of technology analysis at CompTIA:

“This additional investment will likely be accompanied by greater complexity in the overall cloud strategy, such as moving to a hybrid cloud model or adopting more advanced services beyond software as a service.”

We are definitely seeing the same trend with our customers and an uptick in Cloud efforts. Most Service Providers are barreling ahead full steam ahead, which makes sense because of the revenue models associated with public Cloud adoption are shaping up nicely. However, we are seeing increased activity in the Enterprise markets too. Perhaps a bit more of a “toe in the water approach” than last year, Enterprises over the past 3-4 months are doing more prototype implementations, pilots, and limited deployments of private cloud infrastructure. SaaSis also growing, with companies deploying more on-demand solutions fromServiceNowandBMC Remedy OnDemand.

The “Journey to the Cloud” has certainly begun and should pick up significant steam over the 12-18 months.

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