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Cloud Computing

Cloud computing is revolutionizing the technology landscape. Disruptive changes like this present huge opportunities for entrepreneurs to innovate and create new value. And we're excited to be very focused on investing in these pioneers.

In order to understand this change as it plays out, we've also sponsored an industry-wide survey - The Future of Cloud Computing.

Now in its 4th year, the 2014 survey is being conducted in partnership with GigaOM Research and over 60 collaborators ranging from Amazon and Microsoft to startups like Eucalyptus and CloudBees.  The Future of Cloud Computing is the most widely endorsed survey of its kind in the world.   

In 2013, the survey revealed findings that support the numerous opportunities created by cloud computing. In fact, out of the record-breaking 855 respondents, 75 percent reported the use of some type of cloud platform – up 12 percent from last year’s 67 percent. This year’s survey also reveals several important shifts with regard to why and how cloud computing is being used, obstacles to adoption, the sources of cloud growth and how the vendor landscape is changing. Example highlights include:

  • Hybrid clouds will overtake public or private clouds in five years, with 76 percent expecting hybrid clouds to be the emphasis of their cloud strategies. 
  • Fastest growth is in Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), with usage rising from 35 percent to 45 percent, a 29 percent increase over the prior year.
  • Of the 16 cloud application areas tracked, four business applications (file sharing, business productivity, CRM/marketing and social business/collaboration) are in use by more than half of all organizations.
  • Six out of the top seven fastest areas of growth in cloud applications will be in IT areas:  Big Data, mobile, systems management, backup/DR/BC, helpdesk and security.
  • Only 46 percent of respondents viewed security as a top inhibitor, down from 55 percent in 2012. 

You can find the full results of the 2013 survey below. Follow us @mjskok and @futureofcloud or join the #futurecloud conversation.

To find out more about the program and how to get involved in the 2014 survey, please take a look at the Program Overview.


Interviews by Michael Skok at GigaOM Structure 2013
Interviews by Michael Skok at GigaOM Structure 2013
NBVP Future of Cloud Computing Thought Leadership Collaboration
GigaOM, June 19, 2013, Byline: Barb Darrow
Forbes, June 20, 2013, Louis Columbus
Starting your business in the cloud
Problem Solving, featuring Andy Jassy, SVP, Amazon Web Services
Sameer Dholakia, Group VP & GM, Citrix
Photos from June 18th, 2013 event
Virtual Strategy, June 19, 2013, Virtustream Press Release
Forbes, June 19, 2013, by Louis Columbus (contributed)
Computer Weekly, June 20, 2013, Byline: Archana Venkatraman
CloudPro, June 20, 2013, Byline: Jane McCallion
Internet Evolution, June 20, 2013, Byline: Mitch Wagner
Written by Tom Erickson - CEO of Acquia
Written by Tim Yeaton - President and CEO of Black Duck Software
Written by Lew Moorman, President, Rackspace
Business News Daily, June 21, 2013, Byline: Chad Brooks
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