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The Cloud: Fun Facts about Cloud Computing

By Dick Weisinger

Charles Babcock, editor at InformationWeek, recently included ‘5 Cloud Facts’ as part of his cover story piece on an investigation on the economics of Cloud computing.  Those facts came from as suite of surveys and studies done at InformationWeek.  Those facts are:

  • 25 percent of IT shops are using either cloud servers or storage as part of an infrastructure-as-a-service strategy
  • 11 percent of companies have a major cloud implementation
  • 26 percent of companies are planning a major cloud implementation
  • 20 percent of companies have a formal policy in place for evaluating cloud services
  • 38 percent of companies have expressed concerns with unanticipated overrun costs from using cloud services

Some fun facts about cloud computing posted by Todd Nielsen at Wired magazines’  CloudLine include:

  • 90 percent of Microsoft’s 2011 R&D budget was spent on cloud computing strategy and products
  • The Cloud Computing market is expected to reach $241 billion by 2020
  • Cloud providers have increased personnel from nil in 2007 to over 550,000 in 2010
  • 48 percent of U.S. government agencies as part of the “cloud-first” policy have begun using the cloud
  • 30% of small and mid-size businesses (SMBs) used cloud software in 2011.

Intel has a list of cloud facts too that includes the following:

  • More than 2% of electricity in the US is consumed by data centers
  • It is expected that with the technology of today, the equivalent of about 45 new coal plans will be needed to power data centers by 2015 without dramatic efficiency improvements
  • A new server is added to the cloud for every 600 smart phones or 120 tablets
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