Cloud Provider Commentary

Nov 28 2012   4:56PM GMT

Survey settles cloud provider popularity contest

Jessica Scarpati Jessica Scarpati Profile: Jessica Scarpati

A new study out of Infonetics Research reveals a little about who’s sitting at the cool kids’ table in the cloud provider cafeteria.

Microsoft Corp, IBM and Cisco Systems are on the short list for homecoming king top cloud service provider, according to Infonetics’ recent survey of 107 North American enterprise IT decision-makers. The analyst firm did note, however, that other “unexpected vendors dominate the cloud landscape in key technology deployment areas.”

Sorry, Google. They’re just not that into you.

Keep in mind the sample size is pretty small, and the group surveyed appears to be overwhelmingly made up of die-hard cloud supporters; 91% of respondents interviewed said they use cloud services today, and 100% expect to use them by the end of 2014.

Still, some other data points seem to ring true: Software as a Service (SaaS) was the most popular cloud service adopted (our survey revealed the same thing), and the leading drivers for adoption now are “application performance and management of IT costs.”

“There is no doubt, the cloud has come of age,” said Sam Barnett, directing analyst for data center and cloud at Infonetics, in a statement. “While investments in cloud outsourcing are small in comparison to internal IT/data center spending, they are growing each year, with the number of enterprise organizations turning to cloud technology to manage budgets and transform service delivery increasing significantly in the last two years.”

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