Use of private, public clouds growing worldwide
Sunday, April 29, 2012
Internap recently published an infographic published an infographic based on research conducted by IDC, Gartner and KPMG, among other firms, showing the scope of both private and public cloud computing success. Of the IT executives surveyed, 41 percent said they plan to adopt a private model, compared to 30 percent who will migrate to a public platform.
The company noted that the benefits of a private cloud are improved security, reduced risk, greater IT flexibility and visibility. Meanwhile, public clouds are ideal for businesses seeking cost-efficient technologies, collaboration solutions and a way to enter a market more quickly.
Of the more than 33,000 cloud data centers located worldwide, the United States currently houses nearly 24,000, followed by Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany and the Netherlands, according to Internap.
Cloud computing can be ideal for all types of companies, especially small and medium-sized businesses seeking ways to improve their database performance. ReadWriteStart's Fredric Paul recently highlighted how the technology is helpful for SMBs, especially since it does not require extensive upfront investments.
"Even if they don't end up saving much as the monthly fees add up over the long run, avoiding capital expenditures can be a make-or-break issue for cash-strapped small businesses," Paul wrote.