Existing IT infrastructure in the enterprise has caused CIOs around the world to question whether implementing cloud-based solutions right away is a good idea, according to a new survey of 300 CIOs and senior IT professionals by communications firm NTT. And while many cloud solutions can improve productivity and make for a stronger IT environment, the average CIO wants solutions that can work well in the "real world," says Damian Skendrovic, NTT Europe vice president of cloud services. "These solutions need to marry the old, existing, legacy systems with new applications. If CIOs are to organize their IT estates efficiently and to meet their cost and revenue objectives, getting this marriage right will be critical." Still, some CIOs have decided to take the plunge and make that marriage work. For many, however, the honeymoon period has been short-lived, and the issues with getting it right have proven far more concerning than initially anticipated.
A Recommendation for Cloud Providers In its survey’s conclusion, NTT suggested that cloud providers "need to demonstrate they can virtualize and industrialize a huge variety of IT platforms and services, and deliver them all with total security."
This article was originally published on 07-25-2013