Cloud Woes Haunt New And Current Users

by CXOtoday News Desk    Feb 20, 2014

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Cloud computing has already become mainstream. Despite its popularity, organizations are still wary about the Cloud, finds a recent global survey of IT decision makers. The Internap Network Services survey which classified respondents into two group – one which has already established a presence in the cloud and the other that have yet to take applications or data to the cloud – reveals that in either ways, enterprises are unsure about the actual value Cloud is bringing or are likely to bring to their business.

The report states that found that cloud-wary organizations may overestimate the risks associated with cloud computing, and those views may be largely responsible for holding those organizations back. Meanwhile, among organizations that have established a presence in the cloud, many report new pain points related to price performance. The increasing demand to access applications anytime, anywhere on cloud is turning out to be a struggle for decision makers to simply stay in control. and in both the case security is cited as a reason that is dampening cloud adoption.

“While the majority of cloud-wary organizations cited security concerns as the reason they are holding back from using cloud services, the cloud-wise pointed to performance and cost-at-scale as the top challenges encountered with their current public cloud service,” says the report.

That does not mean, cloud-wise organizations are not worried about security, says the report. “Cloud-wise organizations ranked security challenges in the fourth position,” it says, while placing worries such as performance, costs, reliability and complaince as some of the key challenges in the Cloud.

While a portion of cloud-wary are from security-conscious industries, such as financial services, healthcare and government, the majority may be overestimating security risks since performance and cost top the lists of actual problems encountered by the cloud wise, states the report.

Some of the key findings from the survey:

- 40% of cloud-wary respondents cited security as a top concern, whereas 15% of cloud-wise say security is a challenge they’ve encountered

- Cloud-wise organizations say the top challenges they have encountered are performance (cited by 30 %); cost at scale (cited by 28 %); reliability (cited by 22 %); compliance (cited by 16 %); security (cited by 15 %); and limited configurations (cited by 15 %)

- 59 % of respondents hosting big data applications in the cloud cited performance challenges

- 66% of respondents cited virtualization as a defining characteristic of a public cloud, even though public clouds do not require virtualization

 - 63% of respondents said bare-metal cloud would appeal to them

Despite the concerns surrounding cloud computing, the report states that a phased adoption of cloud often leads to greater success. It recommends that enterprises should develop a coherent strategy and vision for the cloud adoption journey, with a well-defined objectives. This should take into account the disparate needs of each business user segment. Once they start viewing cloud as a complete solution rather than a collection of silos or platforms, the rate and adoption and reliance on cloud will go up, says the report.