Savvis inspects cloud's potential economic impact
A bumper crop of IT professionals say cloud computing has the potential to help their organizations out of the doldrums, according to a new survey commissioned by enterprise hosting and cloud provider Savvis. 68% of 600 "IT decision-makers" said the flexibility and agility of cloud computing could help them react to stressful economic times.
More than half said security remained the primary stumbling block to putting business-critical data outside the company's data centers, but a whopping 96% said they were "confident" cloud could fit into the enterprise. 70% had plans to adopt some form of cloud computing within the next two years.
Counting Software as a Service (SaaS) in with platform and infrastructure services makes that easy to believe, and Savvis is a hoster, so its audience can be expected to be open to working in the cloud. Nevertheless, that's still a very impressive vote of confidence for something nobody had ever heard of two years ago.
More research says corporate IT has cloud concerns
In yet another bit of research, this batch from TPI, a data sourcing and advisory firm, 78% of the corporate IT honchos interviewed said they've had internal discussions about cloud computing. Of course, the rest of the research outlines the many, many fears surrounding the cloud, but hey, at least they're talking, too.
More than 140 corporate IT folk were surveyed, and as expected, many had the same old cloud questions. The five major cloud fears were described as inadequate data security, non-compliance issues, disaster recovery concerns, problems with cloud integration and questions about guarding access to company data.
Seagate aims cloud backup program at resellers
Hard drive manufacturer and storage provider Seagate Technology is getting ready to release a channel partner program that would give value-added resellers (VARs) and service providers cloud backup capabilities through its EVault backup appliance. Code-named "Project Cloudburst," Seagate GM Terry Cunningham describes the program as "disk-to-cloud-to-cloud."
Unlike the typical software vendor model of selling backup software that partners can build a service around, Seagate's i365 services branch will offer backup appliances with software to VARs and then let them replicate back to i365's data center. Launch is set for October, though pilot programs are in place now. Down the line, Cunningham said i365 will only sell software to VARs, though its Cloud Storage services will continue because they are targeted toward larger companies than Project Cloudburst.