Infrastructure as a Service gains legs
A new report from analyst firm Yankee Group claims that Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offerings are picking up steam. According to Yankee, 24% of large enterprises with cloud experience are already using IaaS, and an additional 37% expect to adopt it during the next 24 months. While adoption is still much slower than that of Software as a Service (SaaS), the market is gaining traction. The report also discussed:
- Expedited adoption. Sixty percent of enterprises considering IaaS in the next 24 months are actually planning to implement it in the next 12 months.
- Barriers to IaaS. The No. 1 barrier for enterprises considering IaaS adoption is virtualization security, but those that have already deployed IaaS rank regulatory compliance, data migration, reliability, employee use and quantitative benefits higher.
- Preferred partners. Though the majority of all cloud adopters view systems integrators as their most trusted partners for cloud computing (29%), IaaS early adopters say telecom companies are best positioned for cloud services (33%).
Cloud startup Nimbula lands $15 million
High-profile cloud platform startup Nimbula has secured an additional $15 million in funding from a pack led by Accel Funding, bringing its total to $20 million. It's also landed a new board member, Juniper and Goldman Sachs alum Ping Li. Li made no bones about what he thought of Nimbula, calling it "the only vendor having the technology" to make a dent in the enterprise cloud market, which, aside from test and dev clouds, doesn't really exist.
Nimbula was founded by the people who helped create EC2, and founder Chris Pinkham says his company has practically limitless abilities to scale to any size environment and deliver performance.