Public Cloud Rapidly Gaining Popularity

December 11, 2012

Cloud computing is expected to remain popular for the foreseeable future, and the public cloud sector could be in line for a major growth spurt in 2013.

A recent CloudPassage survey of 200 IT professionals found that 80 percent of respondents use public cloud computing for at least one function. The rise of big data is likely one of the driving forces behind public cloud adoption, as 70 percent more organizations are planning to implement temporary workload/big data environments next year compared to 2012.

At the same time, company leaders have become less concerned about the security of public cloud services. Fewer than a quarter of respondents said they were worried about public cloud computing's perimeter defense and network accessibility, while 78 percent said they realized the security of cloud-based applications and data was the company's responsibility. 

"This survey shows that people adopting and pursuing public cloud projects … haven't forsaken security," said Andrew Hay, chief evangelist at CloudPassage. "They still have a caution about them about adopting a new platform, which is good. Healthy skepticism is a good thing."

The survey also revealed the public cloud is popular for both external (42 percent) and internal (36 percent) application use. In particular, many companies are implementing cloud-based programs that perform human resource, enterprise resource planning (ERP) and customer relationship management (CRM) functions.

In a recent blog for ZDNet, Brian Sommer, CEO of TechVentive, wrote that cloud-based ERP implementation doesn't "take anywhere near the time or cost to implement as on-premise apps."

He said that many ERP vendors now offer hybrid solutions. Therefore, he suggested that company decision-makers look into Platform-as-a-Service packages that offer a variety of solutions – inventory tracking and CRM, for instance – in addition to just accounting and traditional business processes.