NEW RESEARCH from Linux provider Suse has revealed that 80 percent of senior IT professionals in the UK have moved, or plan to move, to the OpenStack private cloud.
The report also suggested that the biggest concerns facing those advocates centre around security and the challenge of installing the cloud in their business.
"There is no question that private clouds are seen as the future for many enterprise workloads, including many that are considered to be business-critical," said Mark Smith, senior product marketing manager of cloud solutions at Suse, in a not at all brazen plug for his business.
"The results speak very positively about the level of trust enterprises have in OpenStack, but understandably there are clear concerns among customers about how their cloud infrastructure should be integrated and managed.
"Suse works closely with the OpenStack project and technology partners to give these companies unique levels of flexibility, choice, training and support, helping them make the most of their private cloud investments without the feared constraints."
Some 91 percent of respondents to the survey had concerns about vendor lock-in while 89 percent said that a lack of candidates with the right skills has stopped them investing in their cloud infrastructure.
The idea of vendor lock-in with the OpenStack cloud is a misnomer, of course, as the whole idea of OpenStack cloud is that, while companies such as Suse, Red Hat, HP and even Google would rather you used their 'solutions', you are free to mix and match and be sure of compatibility.
Danny Rowark, country manager for UK and Ireland at Suse, added: “It’s important that IT departments are able to overcome the complexities that continue to arise here.
"With cost as a primary motivator for UK businesses to move to the cloud, an open source solution can play a key role in enabling organisations to implement a private cloud solution, reducing costs, driving innovation and agility, and providing freedom from vendor lock-in.”
Other results of the survey showed that 88 percent of respondents had already spun up a private cloud at their business, 96 percent would trust a private cloud with business-critical workloads, and 94 percent see infrastructure-as-a-service as the future of the data centre.
On the downside, nearly half of respondents who had tried to implement an OpenStack cloud fell on their butts doing so, while 57 percent found it difficult. Some 30 percent of those surveyed intend to install OpenStack themselves.
The point being that Suse rather thinks you should stick to selling radiators, or whatever you do, and get the professionals in because there's a time and a place for this sort of thing and it's Bank Holiday Monday. Finally, 91 percent of UK respondents have concerns about vendor lock-in.
The poll was conducted worldwide with 813 participants, 110 of which were in the UK. The small sample size may belittle the claims, but it's a good indicator of the attitude of the cloud buying public who perhaps trust too much but know too little about the perils of cloud construction. µ
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