State of the Cloud
IDG Enterprise has conducted an exhaustive online survey to measure the trends in cloud computing technology among decision makers which include plans and usage across all types of cloud services and deployment models. The survey also aimed at gauging the business drivers, investments in cloud and its impact on business plans and strategies. All the survey respondents were involved in at least one stage of the IT purchase process of the company. We will discuss the findings in a six-part blog series starting with the current topic: the state of the cloud.
According to the survey, the majority of the organizations are continuing to explore cloud opportunities. In fact, 56% of the respondents are still identifying which applications can be hosted over the cloud, while 38% of them have identified the IT operations that can be hosted in the cloud. When asked about deriving more agility from their cloud investments, 61% of the respondents agreed that their organization is considering investments in adopting emerging technologies such as network virtualization and SDN. At the same time, 62% of them believe that it is very important for service providers to embrace network virtualization/SDN tools to ensure that their organization gets the maximum agility out of their cloud investments.
Upon observing the trend regarding the adoption of cloud services, organizations gave out an interesting trend. While 69% of the respondents told that at least one application or a part of their infrastructure is in the cloud as of 2014, an 8% increase over 61% in 2013. However, the percentage of companies planning to adopt them in the next twelve months came down to 18% from 24% in 2013. Interestingly, 13% of the respondents plan to use cloud services over the next three years. This marked decline in the percentage of organizations planning to adopt cloud services is a clear indicator of the increase in adoption of cloud services.
The major drivers of adoption of cloud services according to the report include the lower total cost of ownership (TCO), speed of deployment, and savings on CAPEX, improving customer support and services and enabling business continuity. It is also to be noted that cloud drives innovation and improves IT agility as mirrored by the fact in 63% of respondents believing that it improves agility and 61% believing that innovation capabilities are also enhanced. Additionally, 55% believed that the IT complexity is increased with cloud services and 56% believed that there is an increasing requirement for training on specialized skills.
Finally, among the key challenges to implementing a cloud strategy, the primary concern shared was that of the security of information in the cloud services. In fact, 61% feel that IT security is the primary concern pegging back the adoption. Concerns related to the integration of cloud applications and concerns associated with the ability of the cloud computing solutions to meet the standards of the enterprise as well as the industry were also among the other factors challenging the implementation of cloud strategies in an enterprise. In the next blog, we would discuss as to why one should invest in Cloud services.
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