Still Congdon said there are concerns with implementing cloud strategies, particularly in the software-as-a-service market, where he said there can be a risk of vendor lock in. "SaaS is great, it's made a number of important advances, but lock-in is a real concern for many SaaS solutions, so you have to be careful," he said. Consider if that vendor is stable, if it will be acquired, and if so what that could mean for the application.
Those concerns haven't stopped Red Hat from embracing the cloud internally though. Congdon said the company has about a third of its applications in a SaaS-based cloud environment. "We don't know yet where it's going to make sense to stop moving applications to the cloud," he said. Red Hat will continue to use products and services internally so it can be used as a reference customer, he said. "We're going to be pushing a lot of stuff into public cloud environments in the coming years and we'll be partnering with business users on when and where that makes sense," Congdon said. "So we're just getting started."
Network World staff writer Brandon Butler covers cloud computing and social media. He can be reached at BButler@nww.com and found on Twitter at @BButlerNWW.