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The cloud is looking pretty good to software developers this year, according to new Zend Technologies’ research. More than half of the 3,335 developers surveyed said they expect to use a public cloud for their work in 2012, with AWS being the top draw.

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The public cloud is looking pretty good as a development platform this year and gaining cloud development skills is a top priority for many developers, according to new research.

Of the 3,335 developers surveyed by Zend Technologies about what work they expect to do this year, 61 percent said they expect to use a public cloud for their projects. And, of those going that route, 30 percent named Amazon Web Services as their public cloud of choice; 28 percent did not yet know which cloud they would use; 10 percent named Rackspace; and 6 percent cited Microsoft Azure.  “Other” public clouds came in at 5 percent and IBM Smart Cloud at 3 percent.

These numbers come courtesy of the Zend Developer Pulse. (Zend, a provider of PHP tools,  is the same company that broke the news that a surprising number of PHP developers are also Metallica fans.)

In terms of overall types of projects, a whopping 66 percent of respondents said they will be doing mobile development this year — hardly surprising given the glut of smartphones, tablets and app stores flooding the market.

Forty-one percent said they expect to work on cloud-based development and 40 percent said they see big data work in their immediate future.  Those cloud and big data numbers seem pretty low given the level of interest around both topics but then again “mobile development” is a broad term that could be interpreted to include cloud work.

Nearly half  of those surveyed (48 percent) said they will work on APIs and 45 percent said they will work on social media integration this year. Zend surveyed the developers in November , 2011, and plans to make the Zend Developer Pulse an annual event.

Photo courtesy of Flickr user skuds

  1. No mention of using OpenStack?

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    1. No mention of OpenStack in the survey, but good point. Rackspace itself is mentioned though.

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  2. A number of very interesting startups providing mobile backend services are sprouting up and most of these companies have built their services on top of Amazon AWS ,So eventually a lot of mobile apps may get deployed on AWS. Also,AWS is the only cloud service that provides a “full integrated stack” and tools for enabling powerful and cost effective mobile services.

    Also a number of PaaS providers piggy back on AWS

    Given this Amazon’s adoption/usage may be higher than the 30% cited in my opinion.

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