Gartner has recenty predicted that by 2020, a corporate “no-cloud” policy will be as rare as a “no-internet” policy is today. CIOs will increasingly leverage a multitude of cloud computing providers across the entire IT stack to enable a huge variety of use cases and meet the requirements of their business unit peers. Indeed, the tides are shifting toward a “cloud-first” or even “cloud-only” policy... 

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ScienceLogic Survey Finds Alarming Lack of Confidence in the Cloud

ScienceLogic Survey Finds Alarming Lack of Confidence in the Cloud

An alarming trend is reported among IT specialists attending Interop Las Vegas 2011, a survey by IT operations and cloud management solutions provider ScienceLogic, revealed. The company polled 150 professionals in Las Vegas and over two-thirds of them or 70 percent have admitted they do not have confidence in the strategy for managing cloud computing resources deployed by their respective companies.

At the same time, nearly 70 percent of the respondents are planning deployment of cloud-based solutions or already utilize a sort of cloud computing, the survey has found. Not surprisingly, 33 percent of those 70 percent are interested primarily in private or public clouds, 33 percent and 25 percent, respectively with hybrid clouds being deployed by only a minor part of all IT specialists representing various businesses. Only 14 percent of those polled are not interested in deploying cloud-based solutions and do not plan to take advantage of cost-related benefits offered by the cloud.

IT experts and businesses worldwide face serious challenges in adopting cloud computing solutions, though. Deployment of resources in the cloud is not so serious a problem today, however, managing these resources is not an easy task, specialists admit.

Cloud computing is growing fast and has become pervasive, but most businesses have great difficulty managing it along with their virtual and physical on-premises resources,” David Link, CEO of ScienceLogic, said in a statement. “It’s in vogue in some circles to downplay the need for IT operations with the advent of public cloud services, but few mid-to-large size organizations are relying exclusively on public clouds. Underestimating the need for IT operations can be a critical mistake. It has never been more important to have centralized, dynamic management of IT service delivery across distributed computing resources no matter where they reside.

Measuring cloud performance is another issue with over 33 percent of businesses polled admitting they are not sure how to measure this indicator. Moreover, over 70 percent are not confident their present cloud solutions or have not selected one, which is more than alarming in terms of cloud adoption development. Security and bandwidth is another area of cloud computing that troubles the sleep of organizations which plan to adopt cloud solutions or already deployed one. Most companies are concerned about unauthorized use of compute resources by business units or application developers, the survey revealed.

The lack of confidence in existing cloud management strategies demonstrated by businesses is alarming because the cloud is yet to mature and developing a whole new industry without confidence is doomed to failure. Nevertheless, the very fact that an overwhelming majority of businesses are already adopting cloud-based solutions or plan to do so is encouraging while business owners and senior managers should reconsider their cloud adoption strategies and management strategies. The cloud offers perfect environment for reducing costs, lowering network traffic and outsourcing some activities or data storing resources but deployment of cloud solutions should be subject to a thorough analysis and assessment.

Strategy is the key in deploying new technologies like cloud computing and the lack of prepared cloud experts already forces enterprises to start training in-house cloud specialists instead of relying on external professionals or advisers. Training a new cloud expert or re-training existing ones can be a winning formula for many small and medium businesses lacking financial resources to attract established cloud experts. This is also a method to overcome the confidence crisis related to cloud management while creating winning in-house cloud strategies.

By Kiril Kirilov

Kiril Kirilov

Kiril V. Kirilov is covering IT and business and finance topics as a full-time journalist and freelance writer for over two decades. He also deals with all things content strategy and content marketing.

Kiril analyses all business and new technology trends across the tech industry. He is also founder of a content strategy service.