As cloud computing enters the mainstream, 451 Research asked 1,700 customers of hosting and cloud service providers across 10 countries what they wanted to get out of their cloud resources, and what vendors, and their affiliated solution providers, were they likely to buy services from.
The survey, "Beyond Infrastructure: Cloud 2.0 Signifies New Opportunities for Cloud Service Providers," was commissioned by Microsoft. Respondents, polled from December through March, came from companies across the spectrum of size and industry.
The people interviewed held a variety of positions in their respective organizations, including IT operations professionals, application developers and marketing professionals.
Here are some insights gleaned from the report.