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Study shows global attitudes, approaches to cloud computing

Posted: 15 Jun 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:cloud computing? cloud adoption? cloud solutions?

The results of a global research study on adoption of, attitudes and approaches to cloud computing are now available, according to Advanced Micro Devices Inc., which conducted the survey among IT decision makers in public and private sector organizations across the U.S., Europe and Asia Pacific. Identifying global and regional trends in cloud computing adoption and usage, the study also underscores the need to consider both infrastructure and workloads in choosing a cloud computing model.

The findings conclude that cloud computing is maturing rapidly, with 70 percent of respondents indicating they are either using or currently investigating cloud computing for remotely hosted applications or to store data.

Of those organizations that have deployed cloud solutions, 60 percent reported that they are already seeing business value. Among current cloud users, 92 percent stated that infrastructure was an important part of their decision to move to a cloud computing model.

Based on the findings of this global study, AMD believes it is time for the industry to re-shape the way it sees cloud technology, according to Patrick Patla, general manager and vice president of AMD's server and embedded divisions. "The findings point to the fact that while the era of cloud computing has arrived, there are radically different attitudes, approaches, concerns and levels of maturity depending on business environment. As an industry, we must provide clear guidance on how to optimize hardware and software for all types of clouds, focusing on custom parts for specific workloads that are prevalent in the cloud, and the appropriate balance of performance, power and cost efficiency they require."

As cloud adoption continues to increase, so does the value of the data that lives in the cloud. Sixty-three percent of those using the cloud to host data estimated they store more than $250,000 worth of data in the cloud, and by evaluating this survey field alone as a sample of the industry at large, it can be estimated that billions of dollars in active data currently lives in the cloud.

AMD also specifically examined public sector attitudes toward the cloud, revealing that local and federal mandates are having a significant impact on accelerating cloud adoption. In the U.S., public sector respondents felt government policies have accelerated a move to the cloud more than twice as many times as those who felt it has decelerated adoption, primarily citing the shift as a way to reduce costs. Nearly half of the worldwide public sector respondents indicated budget restrictions are driving a more rapid adoption of cloud solutions.

- Phil Ling
??EE Times

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