Developers Moving IT Resources to Public Cloud, Researcher Says

A majority of developers plan to move at least a portion of their IT resources to the public cloud this year, according to a recent study by Evans Data Corp., a Santa Cruz, CA-based researcher.

Data from the researcher's Cloud Development Survey conducted at the close of 2009 revealed that 87 percent of the 400 participating developers will move up to half of their IT resources to the public cloud within the next 12 months.

The results, which signal developers' belief and hesitation with the public cloud, show that the "hybrid cloud is set to dominate the coming IT landscape," the researcher said.

Janet Garvin, Evans chief executive, said that the hybrid cloud, which retains elements of public and private cloud environments, addresses security and government compliance issues that act as impediments to public cloud adoption.

"The hybrid cloud presents a very reasonable model, which is easy to assimilate and provides a gateway to cloud computing without the need to commit all resources or surrender all control and security to an outside vendor," Garvin said.

The survey also revealed that most developers (55 percent) prefer MySQL as the database for use in the public cloud, and that 64 percent expect their cloud applications to extend to mobile devices.

The survey examined a variety of issues surrounding cloud development, including time lines for public and private cloud adoption, obstacles and perceived benefits of cloud computing, collaborating and developing in the cloud, tools and architectures for cloud development, and virtualization in the private data center.

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