Microsoft, VMware Gain Cloud Deployment Edge

Microsoft, VMware Gain Cloud Deployment EdgeMicrosoft, VMware Gain Cloud Deployment Edge

Microsoft, VMware Gain Cloud Deployment Edge

Reasons for Adopting Cloud ComputingReasons for Adopting Cloud Computing

A full 74% cited agility as the primary driver, followed by cost efficiencies (67%) and reduced IT overhead (60%), respectively.

Method of IT Services DeliveryMethod of IT Services Delivery

More than half of IT services (57%) are being delivered on-premise today. In the next 18 months, that number is expected to drop to 42%.

Types of Cloud in UseTypes of Cloud in Use

Less than a quarter (22%) are using a private cloud today, and only 12% and 9% have a public or hybrid cloud. In 18 months, 25% expect to have a private cloud, followed by public and hybrid clouds at 20% and 13%, respectively.

Type of Cloud Used in Production EnvironmentType of Cloud Used in Production Environment

The Microsoft Azure cloud tops the list, at 36%, followed by VMware vCloud Air, at 29%, and Amazon Web Services, at 28%. The IBM SoftLayer cloud platform came in at 20%.

Amount of Data in the CloudAmount of Data in the Cloud

In 18 months, about half of all customer data will reside in the cloud. But only 19% will reside in a public cloud. Today 66% of customer data resides in a traditional on-premise system.

Barriers to Cloud AdoptionBarriers to Cloud Adoption

66% of respondents cited security concerns; other major obstacles to cloud adoption include reconfiguring applications (52%), compliance issues (37%) and lack of technical expertise (34%).

Cloud Security ConcernsCloud Security Concerns

Half of the respondents said they were very concerned about cloud security. Only 16% said they were not especially concerned.

Cloud Security VisibilityCloud Security Visibility

45% reported that cloud security visibility is either more difficult or extremely difficult. Another 22% said it’s easier. A full 76% said they lack visibility into cloud attacks.

Biggest Cloud Security ConcernsBiggest Cloud Security Concerns

Data ownership topped the list, at 56%. Data location and shared technology/multi-tenancy followed, at 51% each.

Issues With Existing Cloud SecurityIssues With Existing Cloud Security

A full 80% said conventional network perimeter security technologies don’t work well in the cloud. On average, respondents said it takes five months to procure a cloud security solution.

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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