When I talk to a number of people one of the recurring themes I find is that Cloud is most suited to mid and smaller firms. Enterprises are more concerned about data security and ownership and will not adopt cloud as they can easily afford to spend a lot on data centres and infrastructure.
But looks like this is more a urban legend, because the recession seems to have changed the dynamics for everyone, including the big enterprise.
The MS Azure team just blogged that 50% of Fortune 500 companies already use Azure. Some more interesting facts:
- In just a year, we have grown to over 200 services for our platform, more than doubled our customer base (now at 250,000) and are seeing an average of 1,000 new customers per day.
- we continue to double compute and storage capacity every six to nine months and are simultaneously expanding into Japan, Australia and China (operated by 21Vianet).
- With over four trillion objects in Windows Azure and an average of 270,000 requests per second, customer requirements grow and are met daily. In peak periods, demand can grow to a staggering 880,000 requests per second.