Cloud computing has proved to be more than a passing fad, and though the common perception is that public clouds are where it's at, private clouds hold a slight edge, according to a recent survey.
Market research firm IDC pinged IT executives about their penchant for cloud computing, and somewhat surprisingly, 55 percent said that a private cloud was more desireable than a public one. By comparison, only 22 percent said they found both types equally appealing.
"If you scoff at the idea of a private cloud, you're in peril," said Frank Gens, an IDC chief analyst. "But public clouds will drive a lot of solutions, so don't be too cocky if you're a private- cloud evangelist. Virtually every customer, at least from the midmarket up, will have a mix of both."
Cloud computing is a booming market, and will continue to grow, said IDC. In 2009, revenue from IT cloud services climbed above $16 billion, and is expected to reach $55.5 billion in 2014.