Cloud computing just isn’t as scary as it once was to companies and their CIOs. A new survey of 785 companies finds a meager 3% considering it to be too risky — down from 11% last year. Only 12% say the cloud platform is too immature, and that’s down from 26% a year ago. Furthermore, 50% of the survey respondents now say they have “complete confidence” in the cloud — up from 13% a year ago.
Of course, looking at it another way, that means 50% aren’t quite comfortable. But still, cloud is finding its way into day-to-day business. Hold the Press! Who took this survey anyway? Since we all know surveys can make subjects lean one way or another based on the way the questions are phrased…..well ahem….whaddya know its a “Venture Capital” firm that holds many cloud computing investments….hmmm no bias there! No reason for them to care one way or another if Cloud Service Providers (most of whome they have invested heavily in) go under or not! No way!
So lets get this straight, a company who invests Billions (with a BIG B) in “Cloud Service Providers” such as Amazon and others, decides to create a totally honest and unbiased survey and foist it onto the market as a fact that “Cloud Technology is no longer scary to a majority of companies and their CIO’s” …. IMAGINE THAT 🙂
These are the findings of a new survey (or should we call it Marketing Push instead of a “survey”?)conducted by North Bridge Venture Partners. The survey had a lot of industry (read as – influential people who have invested heavily in cloud technology) support behind it, sponsored by 39 companies, including Amazon Web Services, Rackspace, Eucalyptus, and Glasshouse, to name a few.
They claim that “the bottom line is cloud is now just considered the normal way to implement software solutions”.
Give me a break, the numbers are not anywhere near 50% who are OKAY with cloud technology much less 50% who even understand “cloud technology” according to most unbiased surveys. If you take an unbiased and honest look or happen to work in the industry as I do (take a look at IDC, Gartner and others who conduct yearly surveys on almost everything technology including cloud technology) you’ll quickly find out that acceptance levels and even understanding what cloud technology is all about, are somewhere in the 25% – 30% range and no where near 50% as these jokers claim.
So, is a survey underwritten by 39 cloud companies likely to say anything but good stuff about cloud? They had to make it look real so they threw in a few things which in reality are “killing the cloud market right now, like security, identity management, data tracking, compliance and many others which have no solutions currently so people are rightly concerned!) Their survey claims that “there still concerns that came up in the data. Security remains the primary inhibitor to adoption in the burgeoning cloud marketplace with 55% of respondents identifying it as a concern. The implications of regulatory compliance (38%) also loom large, as do concerns about vendor lock-in (32%). Interestingly, pricing and expenses are way at bottom of the deal-breaker list”
Anyway folks, if you believe this survey is ANYTHING BUT MARKETING HYPE, I have some nice ocean-front property in Arizona to sell you….cheap!
You can find the survey if you did not click the links above here: http://www.northbridge.com/cloud-computing
- Cloud computing users may be disillusioned says Gartner (itpro.co.uk)
- Marketing is the Most Hyped Cloud Trend, Email the Most Mature (servicesangle.com)