Potential Problems Lurking in Private Clouds

 
 
By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 07-15-2014 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Companies are increasingly turning to private clouds to run their mission-critical applications. But many are leaving their cloud performance subject to chance, according to a new survey from Continuity Software. A surprisingly large number do not test private cloud availability, findings show, and the majority do not have a recovery plan in place to keep cloud operations running after a disaster. Other results reveal that organizations similarly fail to prioritize the tracking of performance key performance indicators (KPIs) for their cloud environment, compared to other parts of their IT infrastructure. Nor do they pay much relative attention to cloud configuration consistency. Despite these lapses, the vast majority of survey respondents feel that their cloud app service availability readiness is at least on par with the rest of their systems, which represents a "clear gap between perception and reality," according to Continuity Software. Nearly 115 IT professionals particiapted in the research. For more about the survey (registration required), click here

 
 
 
  • Private Matter

    75% of respondents say their organization runs some mission-critical applications in their private cloud, up slightly from 71% in 2013.
    Private Matter
  • Public Figures

    47% run these apps in the public cloud, up from just 33% last year.
    Public Figures
  • Increasing Commitment

    60% of large enterprises run more than one-half of their mission-critical apps in the private cloud, and 37% run more than three-quarters of these apps in the private cloud.
    Increasing Commitment
  • Unproven Quality

    39% of respondents say their organization never tests their private cloud availability, and another 11% say their company tests it less than once a year.
    Unproven Quality
  • Recipe for Chaos

    53% say they do not have a disaster recovery solution in place for their private cloud system.
    Recipe for Chaos
  • A Failing Grade

    70% say their cloud app service availability readiness is either at, or superior, to the availability readiness of the rest of their systems, despite the lack of testing and disaster recovery solutions.
    A Failing Grade
  • Unmeasured Results

    Just 14% say their companies track key performance indicators (KPIs) for their cloud environment.
    Unmeasured Results
  • Top IT Infrastructure Focuses for KPI Tracking

    Storage resources: 71%, Network operations: 71%, Applications: 69%, Databases: 66%, Clusters: 49%
    Top IT Infrastructure Focuses for KPI Tracking
  • Overlooked Attribute

    Just 47% of respondents say their organization analyzes configuration consistency in the cloud at least quarterly, compared to no less than 70% for other areas of IT infrastructure.
    Overlooked Attribute
 
 
 
 
 
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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