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Cloud Computing: Novell Says the Analysts are Wrong

By Dick Weisinger

OK.  We’ve seen it in report after report.  Cloud computing adoption is taking the world of IT by storm.  But a new report by Novell says previous research about cloud computing has been off the mark.  The report comes to the conclusion that the actual adoption of cloud computing in organizations is actually happening even faster than analysts are predicting.
Obviously there is self-interest in the numbers reported by Novell — they have introduced a cloud computing platform.  But here are some of the results of the report’s findings:
  • 77 percent of companies are using some type of cloud computing  (compared to analyst’s 20-40 percent estimate)
  • 89 percent of companies say that private clouds is the next destination for companies that are already using some sort of virtualization (again higher than most analysts report)
  • 34 percent of companies use a mixed private/public cloud approach (about the same as other analysts)
  • 87 percent thing that the public cloud will ultimately grow and coexist alongside of company data centers  (higher than expected)
Benjamin Grubin, Novell Director of Data Center Management, said that “To keep a [finger on the] pulse [of these trends] is really important, because the information changes so fast that most of the [standard] analyst reports get out of date very quickly.  A lot of people cite figures that are six, eight, 10 months old, and in a market changing as quickly as this, it’s important to note the freshness of the information.”
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