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Network World - Putting your faith in the cloud can be a risky endeavor. A survey from earlier this year showed that of 600 large companies, only 27% were using public cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service.
While that may be up from 10% a year ago, it still shows the hesitancy to hand over the keys to the car when it comes to network infrastructure.
At the moment, public IaaS is primarily used for special use cases, such as:
1. For research and development projects and load testing.
2. As an opportunity to build and deploy new Web-based applications built to run natively in the cloud that are so compelling
to the business that even the most conservative IT folks are willing to accept the perceived security risks, the subpar auditing capabilities and the lack of management tools associated with IaaS.
3. As a way for IT operations to move noncritical, legacy applications that are not subject to regulatory monitoring off expensive on-premise data center resources.
4. For specific line of business applications where the managers in those units want to act quickly on a new opportunity and don’t want to wait for IT to provision internal resources.
5. As the underlying infrastructure for a software-as-a-service (SaaS) or platform as a service (PaaS) offering being consumed by the enterprise.
This pdf also showcases 10 IaaS companies that are strong in the market, along with a case study of a hotel group using IaaS. To download this pdf, you must become a Network World Insider (free registration required).
Read more about cloud computing in Network World's Cloud Computing section.