Infographic: The Current State of Cloud Computing

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With the announcement of Apple's iCloud, cloud computing has been on everyone's mind at some point over the past few months. And with computers getting smaller and our software needs increasing, the ability to store data in vast server farms and pull out only what we need only when we need it will be critical going forward.

Cloud.com surveyed over 500 users of its software, an operating system for datacenter managers, to "discern trends in cloud computing usage and preferences for deploying virtual infrastructure." The results of that survey are presented in the infographic embedded below.

Infographics are always a bit of a hodgepodge of statistics culled from a variety of sources. Here, we sort through the clutter and pull out some of our favorite facts and figures:

  • Only seven percent of the people surveyed by Cloud.com work where they have an approved cloud computing strategy in place. Another 20 percent have no plans to develop a cloud computing strategy and 22 percent have a partial strategy.
  • Most respondents believe that the biggest (with 68 percent) perceived benefit of cloud computing is hardware savings. Other respondents suggested that the perceived benefits included faster deployment of infrastructure, automation capabilities and reducing the systems management burden.
  • Most of the respondents to Cloud.com's survey -- nearly 70 percent -- said that they use open source software whenever possible. Only 15 percent use it sparingly and another 14 percent only when commercial support isn't available.
  • The factors currently driving the adoption of cloud computing include scalability, overall cost savings, easier management, greater flexibility and improved hardware utilization.

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Nicholas Jackson is a former associate editor at The Atlantic.

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