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Why Early-Adopters Embrace the Cloud

Cloud computing is all about new technology, right? Well, perhaps that depends upon your point of view -- as an application developer, or a business decision maker.

Private Cloud development will grow during the coming year, with 48.9% of developers expecting to deploy applications (via their on-site data center), according to a survey of 500 software developers by Evans Data Corp.

Their survey showed that 29.7% are currently working on applications destined for a private cloud environment, while an additional 19.2% expect to enter development within the next 12 months.

Taking Baby Steps with Cloud Computing
"Software developers are finding many reasons to develop software for the cloud, whether for a private cloud or public cloud," said John Andrews, President and CEO of Evans Data. "Not surprising, while developers want to take advantage of the cloud, our research indicates a strong preference for them to favor a cloud related development environment to simply extend their existing technology know-how."

The survey measured the intentions and adoption patterns of developers. This included Public and Private Cloud development -- types of apps moving first to the Cloud, development dynamics and tools for developing in the Cloud, data centers and virtualization, security, regulations, benefits, and inhibitors.

"Private clouds seem to be appealing for the easier methods of deploying and automating software delivery rather than the elasticity, and different pricing, that drove the initial fervor in public clouds," commented Michael Cote, software industry analyst for Redmonk.

Michael Dortch, acting director of research at Focus, said "Frankly, I'm surprised it's only 48 percent of developers, given that software as a service and other cloud-based elements are the only piece of the current software marketplace showing consistent, significant growth."

The survey results expose the trends. Half of the developers using Amazon public cloud services are adopting them experimentally or for prototyping -- rather than for business critical applications.

Three quarters of developers think that data for applications deployed in the cloud should be backed-up outside the public cloud -- either in traditional on-site storage or in a private cloud.

Fearless Early-Adopters Seek an Advantage
"The buying community is setting themselves up for another cloud spending moment once they decide public clouds are okay and move from private clouds," Cote said. "While security and regulatory concerns are very real, companies would do well to spend time asserting how they might skip some of their computing needs over the public clouds and avoid paying twice for everything."

That said, the primary motivation for business decision makers, that are early-adopters of managed cloud services, can be simply put -- strategic competitive advantage. While their peer group ponders the risks versus rewards, they're already vigorously moving forward.