Some interesting results came back from a recent survey conducted by TPI regarding cloud computing. According to the survey, which polled 140 corporate IT decision makers, nearly four out of five companies are considering cloud computing solutions. Three out of five however are actually putting them into action. How are these IT departments doing this you ask?
In an article by Stephanie Overby on CIO.com, she writes that they are easing into it with smaller, lower risk services. Companies are still cautious and Kevin Smilie, head of TPI’s cloud computing business solutions unit, believes they are not yet “convinced cloud services are ready for the prime time requirements of their core operations.” These services are simply too vital to trust to cloud computing in its early development. Those IT departments that have decided to risk their mainstream operations on the cloud are doing so for one reason according to Smilie and that is cost savings.
Most companies that have adopted such practices are selecting private cloud options because of lower costs with enterprise-class service levels and security. This is something they simply cannot receive in the public cloud space. As a result, IT service providers are trying to offer more in the private cloud sector to soothe the apprehension of many IT buyers.