IBM hosted private cloud more popular than rivals: Forrester

Forrester Research says IBM hosted private cloud solutions are more popular than its rivals.

IBM hosted private cloud solutions are preferred twice as much as competitive offerings, said IT research firm Forrester Research.

More than twice as many firms use or plan to use IBM as their primary hosted private cloud platform, and nearly twice as many firms use or plan to use IBM when implementing multiple vendor cloud solutions, compared to the next closest competitor in the survey.

The report called Adoption Profile: Hosted Private Cloud, North America and Europe, Q3 2014 was based on a survey of 2,255 business and technology decision-makers.

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IBM in a statement said that Forrester defines hosted private cloud as a category of Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) where the solution lives off-premises in a hosted environment and compute resources are dedicated and isolated for customers.

Top drivers in selecting to adopt hosted private cloud include improved IT infrastructure and flexibility, lower total cost of ownership for servers, on-demand capacity and scalability, and improved disaster recovery and business continuity.

One concern for selecting to adopt hosted private cloud according to the report was vendor lock-in. Standards like OASIS’s TOSCA and open source projects like OpenStack provide the future hope of less lock-in and greater adherence to standards.

Earlier, IBM said its total cloud revenue covering public, private and hybrid engagements was $7.7 billion over the previous 12 months at the end of March 2015; it grew more than 60 percent in first quarter 2015.

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