Channel’s Transition to the Cloud Requires More Time

Channel’s Transition to the Cloud Requires More Time

Channel's Transition to the Cloud Requires More TimeChannel’s Transition to the Cloud Requires More Time

A new survey finds that the channel’s transition to the cloud is an extended journey, and there’s still a lot of work to be done across the community.

Size of Channel Cloud FootprintSize of Channel Cloud Footprint

74% of the partners surveyed offer some type of cloud service, but only 39% said that more than half their services are cloud based, and only 15% said that more than 75% of their services are cloud based.

Commitments to On-Premises SolutionsCommitments to On-Premises Solutions

71% expect to continue delivering on-premises solutions for an indefinite period of time. Only 7% have phased out on-premises solutions; 7% expect to do that soon; and 16% expect to phase out on-premises solutions over the next three years.

Reason for Embracing Cloud SolutionsReason for Embracing Cloud Solutions

Market demand: 65%,
Competitive pressures: 50%,
Vendor influence: 25%

Customer Demand for the CloudCustomer Demand for the Cloud

55% of the channel partners surveyed said there was customer demand for cloud solutions, but only 14% said customers are ready to implement.

Customer Obstacles to Cloud AdoptionCustomer Obstacles to Cloud Adoption

Data security: 62%,
Cost of moving legacy apps to the cloud: 61%,
Lack of skills: 42%,
Overall complexity: 36%

Types of Cloud Solutions OfferedTypes of Cloud Solutions Offered

Software as a service: 48%,
Infrastructure as a service: 30%,
Platform as a service: 17%,
Cloud application development services: 6%

Top IaaS Vendors in the ChannelTop IaaS Vendors in the Channel

Microsoft: 55%,
AWS: 40%,
Other: 35%,
Google: 19%,
IBM: 11%,
Rackspace: 7%

The Roles of Cloud Channel PartnersThe Roles of Cloud Channel Partners

Managing and supporting cloud services: 70%,
Providing hosted cloud services: 56%,
Transforming/integrating systems with cloud services: 44%,
Building private clouds: 38%,
Re-engineering business processes: 21%

Number of Cloud Vendor PartnersNumber of Cloud Vendor Partners

42% of the partners surveyed are engaged with four or more cloud vendors, 18% have three cloud vendor partners, and 28% have two partners.

Michael Vizard
Michael Vizard
Michael Vizard is a seasoned IT journalist, with nearly 30 years of experience writing and editing about enterprise IT issues. He is a contributor to publications including Programmableweb, IT Business Edge, CIOinsight, Channel Insider and UBM Tech. He formerly was editorial director for Ziff-Davis Enterprise, where he launched the company’s custom content division, and has also served as editor in chief for CRN and InfoWorld. He also has held editorial positions at PC Week, Computerworld and Digital Review.

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