AMD Survey: Cloud Is Exploding, Public Sector Faces Hurdles
Chip manufacturer AMD has released the results of a global survey designed to identify key trends in cloud computing adoption across both the public and private sectors. The good news for cloud providers: 70 percent of organizations surveyed are either already in the cloud or are planning a migration. And 60 percent of those who made the jump are already seeing business value. The bad news: Despite the hype, much of the public sector is still reluctant to jump in.
I know this is going to be the first question asked in the comments, so let me just start by saying that the full AMD report has all the pertinent details on its surveying methodology and sample sizes.
Here’s the list of survey highlights, taken directly from AMD’s press release:
- The State of Cloud Deployments: Seventy-four percent of U.S. organizations are using or investigating cloud solutions, followed by 68 percent in Asia and 58 percent in Europe.
- Trust in the Cloud: Nearly 1 in 10 organizations in the U.S. estimate they store more than $10 million worth of data in the cloud. However, 63 percent of global respondents still view security as one of the greatest risks associated with the model.
- Understanding and Preparation for the Cloud: For those currently using the cloud, 75 percent had the necessary IT skills to implement the solution versus only 39 percent of those who are currently investigating cloud today.
- Cloud Clients: Cloud users are able to access their services primarily via a PC (90 percent), followed by smartphone (56 percent), tablet (37 percent) and thin client (32 percent).
Those numbers definitely justify a lot of optimism in the cloud services marketplace. Enterprises of all sizes are realizing the benefits the cloud brings, and those numbers are only going to rise as buzz continues to build.
That said, AMD’s findings indicate that the public sector isn’t so gung-ho about the cloud. While almost half of public respondents indicated that budget constraints were driving cloud adoption, it seems there’s a lack of IT expertise that’s still keeping many from taking the plunge — 43 percent of public sector respondents said they didn’t have the skills to perform a cloud deployment, compared with 23 percent in the private sector.
Of course, AMD couldn’t resist hyping its own cloud value-add, hinting that the weeks to come will bring insight into how the company is helping customers and partners efficiently and cost-effectively implement cloud solutions with updates to the AMD Opteron 4000 platform. With rival Intel making its own cloud chatter, it’s definitely going to be interesting to see how this plays out. Stay tuned for more updates.