It’s always interesting to see a vendor use a piece of sponsored research to justify their market positioning. That’s what iLand is doing with a new study conducted by Forrester, but let’s take a look to see how valid the conclusions from the report are.

The study, entitled “Is Your Cloud Provider Keeping Secrets?” aims to showcase the lessons learned from experienced cloud infrastructure customers. The survey assessed 275 IT decision makers across the U.S., the UK, and Singapore.

In making my slightly skeptical comments about vendor-sponsored surveys, I was cognizant of the business is iLand is in. The company is a data center provider that sells its services to large enterprises. A committed VMware and Cisco service provider, iLand packages up technologies from these two vendors (alongside others such as Zerto and Veeam) and offers them to enterprise customers with a layer of service and support on top. As such, iLand is very much in the business of differentiating its “concierge” cloud service from the more bare-bones services offered by cloud vendors such as Amazon, Google, and Microsoft. iLand offers both infrastructure and disaster recovery offerings, as well as some associated storage offerings.

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Ben Kepes

Ben Kepes is a technology evangelist, an investor, a commentator and a business adviser. Ben covers the convergence of technology, mobile, ubiquity and agility, all enabled by the Cloud. His areas of interest extend to enterprise software, software integration, financial/accounting software, platforms and infrastructure as well as articulating technology simply for everyday users.