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Hostway Survey on Perceptions of Public Cloud vs In-House Hosting Services

Survey reveals surprising shifts in attitudes about cloud security, scalability and performance

Hostway, a provider of cloud, managed and hybrid hosting services, on Thursday announced the results of a survey the company conducted at Cloud Expo 2013 New York, held June 10-13, and widely attended by IT infrastructure professionals and others focused on Big Data and cloud computing issues. The survey was designed to measure participant perceptions about security, scalability and performance of key services in public cloud vs. in-house hosting environments.

On security issues, survey participants were asked which of the following services is more secure in a public cloud vs. an in-house setting: web servers, database servers, email services, CRM and additional collaboration software. Signaling a significant shift in perceptions, even among audiences generally comfortable with cloud services, 62% of survey respondents indicated that key services are more secure in a public cloud environment.

Attitudes toward in-house and cloud service scalability were also measured for these key services. The survey found that 80% of participants rated public cloud services more scalable than their in-house counterparts. The final portion of the survey was designed to deliver insights on the overall performance of these core services in an in-house vs. public cloud environment. The survey revealed that 73% of respondents preferred public cloud hosting to in-house services based on performance.

Overall, the results showed an overwhelming preference for public cloud hosting services over in-house resources among survey participants. Database services were revealed to be the most controversial of services measured: Only 55% felt databases were more secure in the public cloud compared to 62% who preferred the public cloud across all services. On the performance question, 64% felt that databases performed better in the public cloud vs. 73% for all services.

"We've noticed a trend toward greater acceptance of public cloud hosting services over the past year," said Aaron Hollobaugh, Hostway's Vice President of Marketing. "Organizations that were previously hesitant are now moving larger, more robust database workloads into the public cloud environment, and we're seeing rising demand for hybrid or public cloud installations from companies that previously used more traditional managed hosting services."

As the cloud computing trend continues to grow, it's important for industry professionals to evaluate their options and ensure that they are providing services that meet their clients' needs. Hostway is committed to expanding knowledge on these topics. The company recently concluded a survey on cloud users' objectives and goals, and developed a Planning for Cloud infographic to illustrate the results.

Hostway will release future surveys and infographics on the cloud industry. Register to receive future Hostway industry reports by contacting [email protected].

About Hostway Corporation
Hostway Corporation is a leader in Cloud, Managed, and Hybrid Hosting. Hostway delivers reliable, secure, and scalable Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) solutions to over 600,000 customers worldwide. Hostway services its clients from more than 250,000 square feet of state-of-the-art data center space, spanning four continents and 12 countries. Hostway has emerged as one of the largest cloud hosting and Infrastructure-as-a-Service providers in the world due to the company's expertise in developing secure, multi-tenant hosting environments and is committed to providing SMB's and large enterprises with cost effective business solutions. Hostway's core products include Managed Hosting, Cloud Hosting, and Email and Applications.

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