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Poll Result: Start-Ups and the Cloud

Posted by editor on November 8, 2012 at 9:01 PM PST

"The Cloud" (which Larry Ellison considered a gimmick phrase not long ago) is such a big topic of conversation today, that I decided to ask people if, in a situation where they were putting their own time and money into a new business venture -- would they go to the cloud as their foundational platform? A total of 280 people voted in the poll. The exact question and results were:

Would you use a cloud platform to host a new start-up today?

  • 29% (81 votes) - Definitely
  • 26% (74 votes) - Probably
  • 8% (22 votes) - Not yet - I'd wait until cloud technology is more mature
  • 14% (38 votes) - No, I'd prefer to have my own data center
  • 13% (35 votes) - I don't know
  • 11% (30 votes) - Other

The fact that less than a third of the voters selected "Definitely" implies to me that the cloud really is still a young technology. Even though 55% of the voters (again, this is an unscientific poll) said they would probably or definitely host their start-up on a cloud platform, using the cloud is far from a given assumption at present. 45% of the voters either would wait until cloud technology is more mature, or they'd have their own data center, or they'd do something else, or they don't know what they'd do! These results, to me, are certainly not a booming consensus that's shouting out that the cloud is the way of the future, and its time has arrived now!

New poll: Do you use AspectJ?

Our new poll asks: Do you currently use AspectJ ("a seamless aspect-oriented extension" to Java), or might you in the future? Voting will be open until Friday, November 16. Weblogs

Since my last blog post, there have been several new blogs:


Our latest article from Manning Publications is Natural User Interaction with Drag-and-Drop by Rob Crowther, author of the Manning book Hello! HTML5 and CSS3.


Our latest Spotlight is Heather VanCura's Meet up with JCP at Devoxx - 13-16 November:

The JCP will be back at Devoxx this year. If you are attending, you can catch either Patrick or Heather at one of these events... Tuesday - OpenJDK Lab, and then we will move over to the Hackergarten (TCK/unit testing); or Beer Bash at Oracle Booth-17:30