ODCA Cloud Adoption Survey: Trends in Public and Private Cloud Usage

privateusage.jpgIn addition to the Big Data area, I have done and continue to do work with Cloud Computing.  Intel is a member of the Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA), an independent consortium of global IT leaders building and recommending a unified customer vision for data center requirements.   Late in 2014, the ODCA sent out a survey to its members on cloud adoption.  I answered that survey, and recently the ODCA has published the survey results.  One finding is there seems to be a strong preference for internal cloud solutions among ODCA members.  Why is that?  Is public cloud adoption really slowing?  What are the key issues with both public and cloud adoption?

Overall, cloud adoption for ODCA members is on the increase for both public and private Cloud, although private cloud is increasing at a much faster rate.  The ODCA survey highlighted the following top concerns:  data security, regulatory issues, service reliability, and vendor lock-in.    For the public cloud, the data security and regulatory issues are probably highest in priority.    Intel IT has created a cloud brokering function for deciding whether to land an application externally in the public cloud or in the internal cloud.  This function makes a decision based on factors like security requirements, control, and location.

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A co-worker pointed out to me that the report seems to be IaaS-centric and that SaaS to the public Cloud is likely to grow.  I would agree, and the report also mentions this.  Opportunistically adopting SaaS Solutions is in Intel IT’s original Cloud Strategy, and today I see that public SaaS adoption continues to move ahead within Intel. The survey also points out key areas of interest to ODCA members, such as Software Defined Networking and hybrid cloud.  SDN is also an area of focus for Intel IT, while moving to hybrid cloud has been a strategic goal.

A few other highlights that I didn’t cover:

  • Since 2012, the number of respondents who have greater than 60% of their operations in an internal cloud has increased from 10% to 24%.
  • Organizations project both their internal and public cloud usage to double by 2016.
  • More than 80% of survey respondents are using or are planning to using hybrid cloud solutions at some point in the future.

You can see the details by downloading the report.