Organizations Shifting Cloud Strategies

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 09-20-2013 Email Print this article Print

We know that high-profile cloud platforms are big—and are only going to get bigger. But don't assume that once an organization moves part or all of its tech functions to a public cloud system, that the migration is permanent. In fact, one-quarter of companies are transferring IT services from public cloud providers to on-premise systems and/or private cloud models, according to a recent survey from CompTIA. Among the concerns about public clouds are security, costs, and reliability and performance issues. Of course, this hardly represents a complete reversal of the trend toward cloud computing. The public cloud services market will grow to $131 billion worldwide this year, compared to $111 billion in 2012, according to research from Gartner. It does indicate, however, that the public cloud hardly serves as the sole option for every organization's business strategies or for every tech need. "Once companies hit a stage where they are using cloud systems as a standard part of IT architecture, they weigh the pros and cons of various providers and models and continually shift to achieve the optimal mix," says Seth Robinson, director of technology analysis and market research for CompTIA, which is a non-profit trade education, certification and advocacy association serving the IT community. Another interesting note from the report: It appears that more medium-sized companies are embracing various cloud functions than their larger counterparts—and we've highlighted several here. More than 500 technology and business professionals took part in the research. For more about the findings, click here

  • Ongoing Migration

    60% of organizations run more than 30% of their IT systems in the cloud. Last year, only 45% of companies did so.
    1-Ongoing Migration
  • Mail Call

    49% of large enterprises use the cloud for e-mail, compared to 59% of medium-sized ones.
    2-Mail Call
  • Cyber Footprint

    46% of large enterprises take advantage of cloud computing to establish a Web presence, compared to 55% of medium ones.
    3-Cyber Footprint
  • Team Effort

    48% of large enterprises turn to the cloud for collaboration tools, compared to 52% of medium ones.
    4-Team Effort
  • Change Management

    53% of survey participants (business-side only) say the cloud has driven the IT department to build new policies and procedures, and 45% say it's prompted changes in policies and procedures.
    5-Change Management
  • Watchful Eye

    39% of those participants say cloud computing has resulted in the adoption of monitoring and management tools for IT.
    6-Watchful Eye
  • Overhaul

    37% say the cloud has inspired a restructuring of the IT department.
  • Shrinking Headcount

    One in five respondents say cloud computing has reduced the number of IT staffers.
    8-Shrinking Headcount
  • Top Cloud Challenges

    Integration with existing systems: 49%, Changes to IT policy: 40%, Learning curve: 39%, Costs exceeding estimates: 35%, Determining ROI: 30%
    9-Top Cloud Challenges
  • Top Reasons to Switch Public Cloud Providers

    Security: 45%, Costs: 42%, Better offerings and features: 41%
    10-Top Reasons to Switch Public Cloud Providers
  • Top Reasons to Return to an On-Premise Model

    Need to better control security: 60%, Failure to successful integrate cloud functions: 28%, Performance dissatisfaction: 22%, Reliability concerns: 22%, Lack of cloud skills: 18%
    11-Top Reasons to Return to an On-Premise Model
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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