The Cloud's Silver Linings and Challenges

 
 
By Michael Vizard  |  Posted 2016-03-09 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    1 - The Cloud's Silver Linings and Challenges
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    The Cloud's Silver Linings and Challenges

    Cloud usage is pervasive. As the balance of cloud computing power shifts between vendors, we look at the opportunities and challenges ahead.
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    2 - Cloud Usage Is Pervasive
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    Cloud Usage Is Pervasive

    Almost all organizations surveyed (93%) are using at least one cloud service. The top three most-used cloud services are Web hosting (76%), email hosting (56%) and cloud storage/file-sharing (53%). Only about a third of organizations are using online backup and recovery, but this type of cloud service is expected to undergo the most growth in the next 12 months.
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    3 - Growth of Cloud Services
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    Growth of Cloud Services

    An average of 20% of IT services are cloud-based today, but this is expected to increase to 34% in the next two to three years. In fact, 30% of organizations anticipate that more than half their IT services will be cloud-based in two to three years.
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    4 - Benefit of Cloud Adoption
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    Benefit of Cloud Adoption

    Almost 70% of IT pros polled list protection against local disasters and a lack of special hardware and software to maintain as the most significant benefits of cloud-based services. High availability (62%), scalability (54%) and ease of management (51%) were ranked as the next big three benefits.
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    5 - Barriers to Cloud Adoption
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    Barriers to Cloud Adoption

    Speed and latency issues are the biggest barriers (60%), followed by bandwidth requirements (58%); the lack of control over infrastructure and security are tied for third place at 52%. Risk of service outage or degradation comes in a close fourth (51%).
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    6 - Cloud Factors Considered
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    Cloud Factors Considered

    A full 71% cited cost, followed by reliability/service guarantees (58%), data security controls (41%) and customer support (32%).
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    7 - Cloud Service Purchasing
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    Cloud Service Purchasing

    The top three activities IT buyers rely on the most when researching cloud services include product trials (63%), product reviews (55%) and peer recommendations (48%).
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    The Battle for IaaS Share

    Microsoft Azure is the most commonly used (16%), followed by Amazon Web Services (AWS) at 13%. Azure is also expected to see the most growth in the next 12 months, with 21% of IT pros considering it, while 11% are considering AWS.
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    9 - Battle for Cloud Storage Share
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    Battle for Cloud Storage Share

    The top three cloud storage and file-sharing providers deployed by IT are Dropbox (33%), Microsoft OneDrive (31%) and Google Drive (27%). OneDrive is expected to see the most growth in the next 12 months, with another 18% of respondents considering it for use. In terms of actual usage, end users prefer to use Dropbox (78%), Google Drive (59%) and then Microsoft OneDrive (45%).
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    Battle for Productivity App Share

    Microsoft Office Online comes out on top for both current usage (36%) and consideration for use in the next 12 months (23%). Second for current usage is Google Apps for Work (16%), followed by Apple iWork (4%).
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    The Euro Cloud Card

    Largely due to a recent controversial data transfer pact ruling between the U.S. and the European Union, 22% of IT pros in Europe are less inclined to use cloud services. Additionally, 43% of IT pros are more prone to question where their data is stored before considering an IT cloud service.
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    The Effect of the New EC Regulation

    Only 11% of IT pros in Europe have begun to make necessary adjustments for the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Another 28% of IT pros in Europe haven't given it any thought and 32% are unclear about its potential effects on business. Nearly 40% of IT pros in Europe said they need to have their data located within an EU country.
 

Now that the use of cloud services is widespread, the next big issue facing solution providers is figuring out which vendors to back. Microsoft is gaining momentum among customers at a time when the percentage of cloud-based services being consumed is starting to grow substantially, according to the findings of a new survey of 340 IT pros conducted by Spiceworks, a provider of IT management tools accessed via an online community. Where is cloud computing headed? "While an average of 20 percent of IT services are cloud-based today, this number is expected to increase to 34 percent in the next two to three years," the report reads. "In fact, 30 percent of organizations expect more than half of their IT services to be cloud-based in two to three years." The biggest barriers to cloud adoption remain application latency and network bandwidth. Given that, it's safe to assume that large numbers of application workloads will continue to run on premise for some time. Additionally, for all the cloud's benefits, close to three-quarters of IT pros said cost remains their top concern when evaluating cloud service providers. Channel Insider examines key takeaways from the Spiceworks study.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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