Survey: Businesses With On-Prem Solutions Know Little About Managed Cloud Providers

Survey: Businesses With On-Prem Solutions Know Little About Managed Cloud Providers

Survey: Businesses With On-Prem Solutions Know Little About Managed Cloud Providers

According to a new survey commissioned by Xtium and performed by Spiceworks, a majority of IT professionals overlook managed cloud providers, but admit they know little about this approach to hosted infrastructure. The results revealed that 77% of IT professionals manage their infrastructure with an on-premise solution – this includes private clouds or data centers. Of that percentage, 56% majority said they were only “somewhat familiar” with managed cloud providers.

survery-importance

(Image Source Courtesy: Xtium Powerpoint Presentation) 

Today, there are a number of ways to deliver an effective IT environment. The reality is, what works for one business may not work for another. So while some choose to remain loyal to servers and racks, others jump into the cloud arena.  Both landscapes are becoming increasingly complicated and deploying each solution is not without its hurdles. Interestingly, many of the challenges cited by those with an on-premise solution could be solved by partnering with a managed cloud provider.

Knowledge is power

To qualify for the survey, respondents had to work at an organization with 50 employees or more. Those who identified themselves as IT service providers, managed service providers and IT consultants were excluded.

Of the IT pros who are at least somewhat familiar with managed cloud hosting solutions, 16% said they were planning to adopt this option in the next 12 months. As the results suggest, the lack of knowledge surrounding the benefits of managed cloud providers prevents many IT pros from considering it a viable option.

For instance, respondents with an on-premise solution were asked to list the key challenges in managing that kind of infrastructure. More than two-thirds noted “workload of IT staff” as the most prevalent issue. However, those who partner with a managed cloud provider don’t consider workload a pain point.

In fact, when asked to list the top advantages of managed cloud providers, IT pros using this solution said it “frees IT staff to focus on core business applications.” This kind of direct response was the case for the other challenges that came with managing an on-premise solution, including security.

Although risks in security and privacy were among the top concerns with using a managed cloud provider, confidence in data security in either solution was almost identical. 61% of IT pros using a managed cloud solution said they were either “very confident” or “extremely confident” their data was protected, compared to 57% of IT pros using an on-premise solution.

As evidenced in the results, a disconnect appears to exist between IT pros with an on-premise solution and the truth about managed cloud providers.

See for yourself

The best way to find the right option for your business is to simply do the research. Many consider the cloud a disruptive technology, and because of that, there’s a lot of noise associated with it. Hearsay and rumors are widespread – but it shouldn’t prevent businesses from at least learning more about this option.

IT pros should look for information that disputes common myths and misconceptions about the cloud and discover what goes into a migration. Educating yourself and raising your comfort level with cloud technologies allows you to evaluate IT options with an objective point of view.

IT is always evolving, and there certainly is a danger in keeping the status quo. If you could make your businesses more versatile and competitive using an alternative method, wouldn’t that be worth looking into?

By Anthony Cirio

Anthony Cirio is the senior writer for Xtium, the cloud provider with a managed approach to IT solutions. Ready to rethink cloud hosting? Xtium solves your infrastructure challenges and provides you the utmost flexibility and control.

Follow Us!

CloudTweaks

Established in 2009, CloudTweaks.com is recognized as one of the leading authorities in cloud computing information. Most of the excellent CloudTweaks articles are provided by our own paid writers, with a small percentage provided by guest authors from around the globe, including CEOs, CIOs, Technology bloggers and Cloud enthusiasts. Our goal is to continue to build a growing community offering the best in-depth articles, interviews, event listings, whitepapers, infographics and much more...
Follow Us!

Sorry, comments are closed for this post.

Join Our Newsletter

Receive updates each week on news, tips, events, comics and much more...

Can I Contribute To CloudTweaks?

Yes, much of our focus in 2015 will be on working with other influencers in a collaborative manner. If you're a technology influencer looking to collaborate long term with CloudTweaks – a globally recognized leader in cloud computing information – drop us an email with “tech influencer” in the subject line.

Please review the guidelines before applying.

Contributors

Cloud Infographic – Wearable Tech And Preventative Healthcare

Cloud Infographic – Wearable Tech And Preventative Healthcare

Wearable Tech And Preventative Healthcare There are so many exciting new opportunities available to utilize wearable technology in the future.  Areas such as nanotechnology disease monitoring, crowdfunding to wearable accessories are some excellent examples of the potential. Estimates vary, but appear to suggest that the market will produce between $14-50 Billion over the next few years. Included below

Ten Tips For Successful Business Intelligence Implementation

Ten Tips For Successful Business Intelligence Implementation

Ten Tips for Successful Business Intelligence Implementation The cost of Business Intelligence (BI) software goes far beyond the purchase price. Time spent researching, implementing, and maintaining your BI investment can snowball quickly and mistakes are often expensive. Your time is valuable – save it by learning from other businesses’ experiences. We’ve compiled the top ten

Knots And Cloud Service Providers

Knots And Cloud Service Providers

How Do These Two Compare? In Boy Scouts, I learned how to tie knots. The quickest knot you can tie is the slipknot. It’s very effective for connecting one thing to another via the rope you have. It was used in setting up tents, mooring boats to docks temporarily and lifting your food up into

Aggregated News

Popular News Sources

Storage Considerations for SharePoint Backups

Storage Considerations for SharePoint Backups

Storage Considerations for SharePoint Backups Wednesday, October 29, 2014 @ 9:00 am/12:00pm ET. Backup and Restore of a SharePoint environment can be a complex endeavor as the product consists of multiple components running at various tiers, each with their own backup and restore requirements. In addition, SharePoint documents are stored as Binary Large Objects (BLOBs) in

OpenDNS Deployment Leads to Twenty-Fold Decrease in Malware Infections at Hamamatsu

OpenDNS Deployment Leads to Twenty-Fold Decrease in Malware Infections at Hamamatsu

Decreases in Malware Infections at Hamamatsu OpenDNS, a leading provider of cloud-delivered security, today announced that it has enabled Hamamatsu, a Japanese manufacturer of optical sensor technologies, to virtually eliminate malware infections across its U.S. Read the source article at Finance News About Latest Posts Follow Us!CloudTweaksEstablished in 2009, CloudTweaks.com is recognized as one of the

IBM and Microsoft – What Are They Doing With The Hybrid Cloud?

IBM and Microsoft – What Are They Doing With The Hybrid Cloud?

What Are They Doing With The Hybrid Cloud? “Microsoft is committed to helping enterprise customers realize the tremendous benefits of cloud computing across their own systems, partner clouds and Microsoft Azure,” said Scott Guthrie, executive vice president,Cloud and Enterprise, Microsoft. “With this … Read the source article at CNNMoney About Latest Posts Follow Us!CloudTweaksEstablished in 2009, CloudTweaks.com is recognized