2011 Cloud Trends & Best Practices Report from Hosting.com

We recently surveyed nearly 600 individuals with significant IT planning and budgeting responsibilities regarding the cloud computing industry and their purchasing intentions. The survey results and analysis are published in our annual Cloud Trends and Best Practices Report. 
Some very interesting data came out of their responses. In particular, four key trends stood out among the results: 

  • Explosive Growth: 44% of respondents indicated cloud computing was an executive priority, contrasted with 24% in 2009.
  • Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Driving Growth: BCDR services were cited as top reason for investment in the cloud and up to 5x growth in the next 18 months.
  • Hybrid Solutions Critical for Cloud Migration: Over 30% of respondents reported that their cloud services provider must provide integration with their existing services.
  • Cloud Servers are a Legitimate Threat to Server Sales:  80% of respondents are likely to consider cloud servers as an alternative to physical servers.