Cloud Infrastructures Quickly Moving To Production SystVMware has just released the results of a cloud adoption survey, which suggests that cloud adoption among IaaS customers is moving out of beta and testing phases.
The company said that 67 percent of surveyed mid-market and enterprise companies surveyed are running "what they view as mission-critical workloads" on Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS). Additionally, more than 80 percent are currently running production workloads on IaaS.
"The study demonstrates that IaaS from cloud service providers is seeing broad adoption by mainstream business for business-critical applications and data, moving beyond test and development," commented Mathew Lodge, vice president of cloud services at VMware. "As IaaS adoption grows, so does the importance of strong customer service and support as well as the quality of the underlying technology. Compatibility with existing virtualized datacenters and private clouds was also key."
VMware's study, which was conducted by analyst firm Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG), also found that 70 percent of IaaS customers use cloud storage services, followed by 58 percent using cloud servers, and 53 percent leveraging disaster recovery services. Among the most critical needs for IaaS are service and support with 80 percent of respondents asking for this feature, while 25 percent of respondents said they are looking for a compelling TCO when choosing their provider. 83 percent of respondents noted that the underlying technology used to deliver IaaS was of "some" level of importance to them, while almost half said the technology was a "very important" or "critical" factor in IaaS.
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