Novell reports that enterprise cloud computing adoption is accelerating much faster than suggested by previous research.
Novell, troubled by nagging financial issues and going through a change of
ownership, nonetheless has been making news.
At VMworld, the company unveiled its first cloud computing platform, Novell
one that a non-IT person can deploy by following
instructions and not having to write any code.
Later, it was reported that Novell is preparing to sell its Linux server
business to VMware. The jury's still out on that one.
On Oct. 5, Novell revealed the result of its own survey of more than 200 IT
leaders (IT director and higher) at "large enterprise organization"
of 2,500 to 20,000 employees. The company found that cloud computing adoption
is accelerating much faster than suggested by previous research-particularly
involving private cloud architectures.
Can't say we in the media are surprised at that conclusion, but it is
interesting nonetheless to see some evidence in that regard.
Here were some of the Novell research findings:
- 77 percent report using
some form of cloud computing today; most analysts claim 20 to 40 percent
at this time.
- 89 percent believe
private clouds are the next logical step for organizations already
implementing virtualization; this is much higher than has been reported in
the last 12 to 18 months.
- 34 percent are using a
mixed approach of public/private cloud computing; 43 percent are planning
to increase their use of a mixed approach; most analysts agree with this
- 87 percent believe
public cloud computing adoption will occur alongside of company-owned data
centers (instead of replacing); this high number is very surprising.
"To keep a [finger on the] pulse [of these trends] is really important,
because the information changes so fast that most of the [standard] analyst
reports get out of date very quickly," Novell Director of Data Center
Management Benjamin Grubin told eWEEK. "A lot of people cite figures that
are six, eight, 10 months old, and in a market changing as quickly as this,
it's important to note the freshness of the information."
The bottom line is this: Private cloud deployments-not the increasing sales of
public cloud services-may well be the most important trend in enterprise IT.
If these survey numbers are close to reality, "this represents a tectonic
shift in the perception of enterprise IT management," Grubin said.
If you had asked these questions 12 months ago, he said, the answer would have
been "public cloud-I'm going to move my whole enterprise to Amazon
"The market has found that this was an unrealistic goal;
too much enterprise IT simply was not ready to be moved outside the perimeter,
outside to public clouds," Grubin said. "Public clouds were going to take some amount of time
to be mature. They weren't there yet."
Novell Cloud Manager is designed for the heterogeneous reality of most IT
environments, which Grubin said "gives users the freedom and
flexibility to create and manage private clouds."