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The results of our InformationWeek 2014 Private Cloud Survey are eye-opening. All 242 respondents hail from ­organizations with 50 or more employees and screened into the survey by indicating involvement with managing, ­purchasing, advising on, or implementing datacenter technologies, and we were able to trend from our April 2012 poll.


So what’s so surprising? The percentage reporting that they have functional private clouds more than doubled, from 21% to 47%. And we saw very little falloff of those who told us in 2012 that they were on the private cloud path. Other stats:

>> 36% of private cloud users rate their projects as somewhat successful versus 64% saying they’ve achieved complete ­(17%) or very good (47%) success. There were zero failures in the bunch.

>> 33% of cloud adopters used internal expertise to build their systems, and 76% have invested in training employees in private cloud technologies.

>> 26% of those not using private clouds blame applications that won’t work in the model, yet 61% of nonadopters say a private cloud could yield significant operational cost savings.

>> 19% purchased a preconfigured bundle, like Vblocks, while 55% built their clouds from individual products and suites.

Our advice: Get a private cloud plan in place, and vet all technology purchases, from storage to public cloud services to networked applications, based on how well they support your plan.

In this report we:

>> Examine the business and technology trends pushing the move to private cloud

>> Provide recommendations on building, and more effectively using, a private cloud that can adapt to explosive growth, changing infrastructure technology, and a dynamic mix of public and private services

Respondent breakdown: 31% have 5,000 or more employees; 24% are over 10,000. Financial services, government, ­education, and healthcare/medical are well-represented, and 47% are IT director/manager or IT executive management (C-level/VP) level. (R7591213)

Survey Name   InformationWeek 2014 Private Cloud Survey

Survey Date   November 2013

Region   North America

Number of Respondents    242 at organizations with 50 or more employees

Purpose   To examine private cloud adoption and strategies in the enterprise

Methodology   InformationWeek surveyed business technology decision-makers at North American companies with 50 or more employees. The survey was conducted ­online, and respondents were recruited via an email invitation containing an embedded link to the survey. The email invitation was sent to qualified InformationWeek subscribers.



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