More enterprises consider cloud computing a viable technology, with nearly 60 percent saying they view it as a business enabler versus less than 40 percent who say the technology will take years to mature, if it ever does. That's a big change from 2009, when just 37 percent saw it as an enabler and 63 percent were taking a wait-and-see attitude or considering the cloud more marketing hype than reality.
A new report from Yankee Group, "2010 FastView Survey: Cloud Computing Grows Up", uncovers this and other enterprise cloud adoption trends, including:
-- Private clouds win: Due to security and privacy issues, most enterprises (67 percent) prefer private/internal clouds to public cloud infrastructures.
-- Google/Amazon envy: Enterprises want to make their IT cloud infrastructure like Amazon's or Google's, but just 17 percent say they view either vendor as a trusted cloud partner. Instead, 29 percent turn to systems integrators like Accenture, IBM and HP's EDS, while 23 percent look to infrastructure vendors like Cisco and VMware.