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Share your plans for 2013 in our Cloud Computing Outlook Survey

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In the spring of 2011 we conducted a survey of trends in cloud computing and published the results under a Creative Commons license so others could reuse the results to help in their own reports to their coworkers. This year we are doing another survey to identify the trends in cloud computing by comparing past results to the preferences and intentions of IT professionals going forward. The intention of the survey is to better inform the open source developers of Apache CloudStack, BitNami, Puppet, Xen.org and Zenoss Core how to improve their software as well as to help others understand the direction of the cloud computing industry.

This year’s survey can be taken via SurveyMonkey and all participants who choose to share their information with the sponsors will be entered to win one of the latest generation iPads for a total of five possible winners.

The 2011 State of Cloud Computing Survey includes the following findings:
  • Open source usage is pervasive among cloud computing users with 69% using open source software whenever possible while only 3% claim not to use open source software at all. All government users indicated some degree of open source usage.
  • 61% of organizations are in the information gathering or planning stages or have an approved cloud computing strategy (but no implementation), 20% have cloud implementations and 20% have no cloud computing plans at this point.
  • 70% of data center managers choose to deploy infrastructure on dedicated resources (e.g. dedicated servers and data center resources) while only 12% prefer to deploy their infrastructure in the public cloud.
  •  Hardware savings was cited as the most popular reason for using cloud-based storage and platform-as-a-service. · 12% of IT professionals indicated their preference was to run their infrastructure in public cloud.
  •  The open source Linux operating system is the dominant guest operating system in the cloud with 83% of IT professionals planning to deploy Linux as a guest operating system, 66% will be deploying Windows OSes in the cloud.
  •  Open source usage is pervasive among cloud computing users with 69% using open source software whenever possible while only 3% claim not to use open source software at all. All government users indicated some degree of open source usage.
  • Among cloud computing users 59% will use compute clouds, 51% will use cloud storage and 47% will be using Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offerings · The number one overall reason inhibiting cloud computing adoption is lack of cloud computing training (43%), followed by security concerns (36%).
  • This year’s survey will cover those questions asked in the previous survey as well as address emerging trends in cloud computing. The final deliverable will be a professional report with the findings that can be distributed to your peers and to help inform research in cloud computing adoption.

    You can take the 2013 Cloud Computing Outlook Survey here:



    Participants who choose to share their contact information will be entered to win one iPad, each sponsor will be providing one iPad to be randomly awarded to a single survey participant.

    Build a Cloud – www.buildacloud.org

    BuildaCloud.org is a community resource for educating users on how to build their own cloud computing environments. The BuildaCloud.org community includes over 30,000 users and is an emerging resource for cloud computing education through their Build A Cloud Program. The Buildacloud.org community is sponsored by Citrix.

    BitNami – www.bitnami.org

    BitNami simplifies the process of deploying web applications natively, virtually and in the cloud. BitNami provides a growing library of the most popular open source applications, ready to be launched with the click of a button. With BitNami, solution providers and businesses of all sizes can deploy and manage business applications such as Jasperserver, SugarCRM, Alfresco, Drupal and many more. BitNami is developed by BitRock, a leader in cross-platform application deployment.

    Citrix – www.citrix.com

    Citrix Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CTXS) transforms how businesses and IT work and people collaborate in the cloud era. With market-leading cloud, collaboration, networking and virtualization technologies, Citrix powers mobile workstyles and cloud services, making complex enterprise IT simpler and more accessible for 260,000 organizations. Citrix products touch 75 percent of Internet users each day and it partners with more than 10,000 companies in 100 countries. Annual revenue in 2011 was $2.21 billion.

    About Puppet Labs – www.puppetlabs.com

    Puppet Labs, Inc. is the leader in IT automation and software-defined infrastructure. Puppet Labs’ software provides system administrators the operational agility, efficiency and insight they need to proactively manage dynamic infrastructure, scaling from tens of servers to thousands, on-premise or in the cloud. Thousands of the world’s leading organizations are using Puppet Labs’ software to configure and manage their IT infrastructure, including Citrix, eBay, NYSE, Match.com, Oracle/Sun, Shopzilla, and Zynga. Now numbering more than 100 employees and based in Portland, Oregon, Puppet Labs is backed by investors Kleiner Perkins Caufield &Byers, Google Ventures, VMware, Cisco, True Ventures, Radar Partners, and Emerson Street Partners.

    Xen Cloud Platform (XCP) – www.xen.org

    Xen Cloud Platform (XCP) is an open source project, providing a bare-metal installable ISO with a full Xen hypervisor virtualization stack. It was initially an open source version of XenServer, but has slowly developed into it's own system designed for use in cloud computing stacks. XCP is a full binary distribution of Xen, whereas the Xen hypervisor needs to be built from source. For more information visit - http://wiki.xen.org/wiki/Category:XCP.

    About Zenoss Inc. – www.zenoss.com

    Zenoss is a leading provider of management software for physical, virtual, and cloud-based IT infrastructures. Over 35,000 organizations worldwide have deployed Zenoss to manage their networks, servers, virtual devices, storage, and cloud infrastructure, gaining complete visibility and predictability into their IT operations. Customers include Rackspace, VMware, Hosting.com, LinkedIn, Motorola and SunGard.


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