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2013 Cloud Computing SurveyIn the spring of 2011 we conducted a survey of trends in cloud computing and published the results under a Creative Commons license so others could reuse the results to help in their own reports to their coworkers. This year we are doing another survey to identify the trends in cloud computing by comparing past results to the preferences and intentions of IT professionals going forward. The intention of the survey is to better inform the open source developers of Apache CloudStack, BitNami, Puppet, and Zenoss Core how to improve their software as well as to help others understand the direction of the cloud computing industry.

This year’s survey can be taken via SurveyMonkey and all participants who choose to share their information with the sponsors will be entered to win one of the latest generation iPads for a total of five possible winners.

The 2011 State of Cloud Computing Survey includes the following findings:

  • Open source usage is pervasive among cloud computing users with 69% using open source software whenever possible while only 3% claim not to use open source software at all. All government users indicated some degree of open source usage.
  • 61% of organizations are in the information gathering or planning stages or have an approved cloud computing strategy (but no implementation), 20% have cloud implementations and 20% have no cloud computing plans at this point.
  • 70% of data center managers choose to deploy infrastructure on dedicated resources (e.g. dedicated servers and data center resources) while only 12% prefer to deploy their infrastructure in the public cloud.
  •  Hardware savings was cited as the most popular reason for using cloud-based storage and platform-as-a-service. · 12% of IT professionals indicated their preference was to run their infrastructure in public cloud.
  •  The open source Linux operating system is the dominant guest operating system in the cloud with 83% of IT professionals planning to deploy Linux as a guest operating system, 66% will be deploying Windows OSes in the cloud.
  •  Open source usage is pervasive among cloud computing users with 69% using open source software whenever possible while only 3% claim not to use open source software at all. All government users indicated some degree of open source usage.
  • Among cloud computing users 59% will use compute clouds, 51% will use cloud storage and 47% will be using Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offerings · The number one overall reason inhibiting cloud computing adoption is lack of cloud computing training (43%), followed by security concerns (36%).
  • This year’s survey will cover those questions asked in the previous survey as well as address emerging trends in cloud computing. The final deliverable will be a professional report with the findings that can be distributed to your peers and to help inform research in cloud computing adoption.

    You can take the 2013 Cloud Computing Outlook Survey here:


    Participants who choose to share their contact information will be entered to win one iPad, each sponsor will be providing one iPad to be randomly awarded to a single survey participant.

    Build a Cloud – is a community resource for educating users on how to build their own cloud computing environments. The community includes over 30,000 users and is an emerging resource for cloud computing education through their Build A Cloud Program. The community is sponsored by Citrix.

    BitNami –

    BitNami simplifies the process of deploying web applications natively, virtually and in the cloud. BitNami provides a growing library of the most popular open source applications, ready to be launched with the click of a button. With BitNami, solution providers and businesses of all sizes can deploy and manage business applications such as Jasperserver, SugarCRM, Alfresco, Drupal and many more. BitNami is developed by BitRock, a leader in cross-platform application deployment.

    Citrix –

    Citrix Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CTXS) transforms how businesses and IT work and people collaborate in the cloud era. With market-leading cloud, collaboration, networking and virtualization technologies, Citrix powers mobile workstyles and cloud services, making complex enterprise IT simpler and more accessible for 260,000 organizations. Citrix products touch 75 percent of Internet users each day and it partners with more than 10,000 companies in 100 countries. Annual revenue in 2011 was $2.21 billion.

    About Puppet Labs –

    Puppet Labs, Inc. is the leader in IT automation and software-defined infrastructure. Puppet Labs’ software provides system administrators the operational agility, efficiency and insight they need to proactively manage dynamic infrastructure, scaling from tens of servers to thousands, on-premise or in the cloud. Thousands of the world’s leading organizations are using Puppet Labs’ software to configure and manage their IT infrastructure, including Citrix, eBay, NYSE,, Oracle/Sun, Shopzilla, and Zynga. Now numbering more than 100 employees and based in Portland, Oregon, Puppet Labs is backed by investors Kleiner Perkins Caufield &Byers, Google Ventures, VMware, Cisco, True Ventures, Radar Partners, and Emerson Street Partners.

    Xen Cloud Platform (XCP) –

    Xen Cloud Platform (XCP) is an open source project, providing a bare-metal installable ISO with a full Xen hypervisor virtualization stack. It was initially an open source version of XenServer, but has slowly developed into it's own system designed for use in cloud computing stacks. XCP is a full binary distribution of Xen, whereas the Xen hypervisor needs to be built from source. For more information visit -

    About Zenoss Inc. –

    Zenoss is a leading provider of management software for physical, virtual, and cloud-based IT infrastructures. Over 35,000 organizations worldwide have deployed Zenoss to manage their networks, servers, virtual devices, storage, and cloud infrastructure, gaining complete visibility and predictability into their IT operations. Customers include Rackspace, VMware,, LinkedIn, Motorola and SunGard.

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    Citrix Acquires

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    Today we announced that had joined forces with Citrix. This is not only a great day for investors, all of us at are also extremely excited to become Citrix employees.
 has a long history working with Citrix. We have supported various versions of Xen hypervisor since our 1.0 release in Nov 2009. Some of our large customers such as Zynga, KT, Tata, and Go Daddy all deploy Citrix technologies. We learned a lot about Citrix in the process. We firmly believe Citrix is the best positioned to succeed in cloud computing.

    1.       Citrix offers cloud providers an impressive set of technologies that complement the CloudStack cloud orchestration software developed by Our customers build clouds using Citrix XenServer, Xen Desktop, and NetScaler VPX/MPX products. With the acquisition of, no other software company has the breadth and depth of technologies in cloud computing.
    2.       Customers love Citrix products.  Citrix was born from the idea of unlocking applications from datacenters and employees from the office – creating new ways for people to work. From virtual desktops to online meetings, Citrix products are cloud-based services. It is no coincidence that Citrix emerges as a leader in cloud computing.
    3.       Citrix is a great partner. Even a small company like was able to derive significant benefits from our partnership with Citrix. Citrix was always willing to work with us to drive common customer success. It did not matter when it times we appeared to be taking business away from another Citrix product. Citrix would support us if our product met customer’s needs better. This is why Citrix works with multiple hypervisors, multiple systems vendors, and multiple storage and networking technologies. Citrix will be successful in cloud computing because it can work effectively with ecosystems partners.
    It has been an amazing 2 years and 10 months to build from a simple idea to a significant force in cloud computing. Our customers, partners, and community member, we could not have done it without you. But our work is not done. By joining forces with Citrix, we can serve you even better. We look forward to continuing to work with you in the coming years.


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    Citrix supports the open source community via developer support and evangeslism. We have a number of developers and evangelists that participate actively in the open source community in Apache Cloudstack, OpenDaylight, Xen Project and XenServer. We also conduct educational activities via the Build A Cloud events held all over the world.