Software Cloud Deployment Is Ready for Primetime

 
 
By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 11-08-2016 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    The elimination of on-site infrastructure creates an advantage in deploying software through the cloud, but finding staff with the skillset to accomplish this could be difficult.
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    Three of five IT pros said their company is either already using the cloud to deploy software, or that it will do so within the next two years.
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    58% said software deployment either could—or already does—make their job easier.
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    Lean Machine

    64% said the elimination of on-site infrastructure creates a major advantage in deploying software through the cloud, while 48% cite faster deployments.
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    48% said the reduction of administration overall creates a significant advantage in deploying software through the cloud, while 36% cite lower costs.
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    Among those at organizations which don't use the cloud to deploy software, 26% said they don't have staffers with the right skill set to do this, and 25% said there are concerns about not having enough control over "what software goes to what systems."
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    Among those at companies which don't use the cloud to deploy software, 22% said the cloud is too expensive and 20% said using the cloud for this would "saturate our internet connections."
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    51% of survey respondents overall said the cloud does not pose a security risk.
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    37% said their company leverages the cloud for less than 10% of systems management, and 26% do so "never."
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    70% said their organization does not plan to use the cloud to migrate endpoints from Windows 7 and/or Windows 8 to Windows 10.
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    70% said they currently deploy Windows updates on-premise, while 21% use a combination of a hybrid cloud/on-premise model to do so.
 

With Gartner predicting that the cloud will emerge as the default option for software deployment by 2020, a clear majority of organizations have either already made this transition or are planning to do so in the near future, according to a recent survey from Adaptiva. The resulting "2016 Cloud Software Deployment Survey" report indicates that companies are benefiting from multiple advantages through this migration: They're able to eliminate on-site infrastructure while deploying software faster, according to the findings. In addition, they reduce administrative burdens while lowering costs overall. And, not to be overlooked, IT pros said the cloud makes their jobs easier. (Happy staff/happy CIO, right?) There are, of course, organizations that are holding back. For some, security risks create concerns. But many also struggle to hire the kind of staffers required for this transition, and others have reservations about maintaining enough control over their software distribution. The findings also indicate that—while the deployment of software in the cloud appears to be headed for "all systems go" status—the same can't be said for a systems management migration, at least for now. More than 325 IT pros took part in the research.

 
 
 
 
 
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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