Edging Toward the Cloud Future

Amy Larsen DeCarlo

Amy Larsen DeCarlo

Summary Bullets:

  • While the majority of public and private sector organizations are employing cloud services to support at least a percentage of their IT needs, more conventional approaches to technology still dominate.
  • Although questions about service stability, security, and compliance remain, maturing delivery models and some promising partnerships could signify the start of a more productive phase in cloud computing.

It is the season to take stock of the year gone by and look forward to the one ahead, trying to anticipate what is on the horizon.  With respect to the cloud, we have seen both forward momentum and some unfortunate backsliding.  Arguments and challenges remain around all of the issues that have been the steepest obstacles to entry: stability, security, compliance, complexity, and to some extent, cost.  Outages, breaches, the lack of common standards for effective security, and hesitation over the difficulty and expense of migrating legacy application workloads into an on-demand environment are keeping some organizations on the sidelines – at least for now. 

However, most businesses and governments are at least kicking the proverbial tires by dabbling in some kind of cloud services, whether it is in on-demand backup, a cloud-based messaging offer, or some other tactical application.  Familiarity and success are expected not only to drive broader cloud adoption, but also to make on-demand services a viable option to support a higher percentage of IT resource requirements.  Current Analysis’ 2012 survey of enterprise cloud adoption in Europe and the U.S. found that while only 37% of those surveyed are currently relying on the model to support more than 10% of their IT needs, by 2014, that number will soar to 83%.

So, what needs to happen in the year between to ensure this anticipated attachment to the cloud actually happens?  Buyers seem more than ready, but there are some clear supply side issues that need to be resolved.  Beyond the obvious requirement for continued maturation in delivery models and increased innovation, providers also need to be able to (better) reassure clients of service stability and security.  Providers also need to advance their sales and distribution strategies.  This includes spurring channel partners to become more bullish on the cloud.

Do you expect your organization to become more reliant on cloud services in the near future?  What do you need to see from your providers to increase your cloud use?

About Amy Larsen DeCarlo
As Principal Analyst for Security and Data Center Services at Current Analysis, Amy assesses the managed IT services sector, with an emphasis on security and data center solutions delivered through the cloud including on demand application and managed storage offerings.

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