Cloud Is Real Option Today, 43% of VMworld Attendees Say
The cloud computing hype cycle is over. Forty-three percent of VMworld attendees surveyed believe cloud computing is a real option today. A hefty 53 percent say cloud computing will become a real option soon. And only 4 percent of attendees surveyed said it’s a long way from being viable.
Admittedly, the audience is biased — the vast majority of VMworld attendees are likely to lean toward the cloud since virtualization is considered the core foundation or first stepping stone to cloud computing. Still, the stats — presented during a panel CEO Paul Maritz hosted — reveals just how dependent we’ve all become on the cloud.
And, quite frankly, it also reveals that the entire IT ecosystem — folks like developers, hardware suppliers, software companies, CIOs and IT managers — see the cloud either delivering on its promise today, or delivering the goods real soon.
Not that the cloud is perfect. During the panel, CEOs representing Dell, NetApp, EMC and VMware conceded that CIOs need to work harder than ever to address security, compliance and information protection amid the cloud and consumer enterprise trends. But all agreed that cloud build-outs will continue to accelerate.