Is cloud computing not living up to the buzz?

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In the last few years, cloud computing has been seen by organisations as the way forward for IT, however recent studies from TechTarget has raised questions. The survey of IT professionals showed that Public and private cloud both have reached about 25% penetration within IT, according to TechTargets Cloud Adoption Index, with hybrid cloud adoption lagging at 16%.

Despite what some vendors want you to believe, survey data shows that adoption rates are not rising steadily, but that from September 2012 to March 2013, they could be flat to down.

TechTarget ask the questions “Can all this buzz be skewing enterprise IT’s adoption expectations? Perhaps. A fair number of survey respondents in September 2012 projected moving IT workloads to the cloud in some form over the next six months. In actuality, however, data from the March survey does not support this.”

The survey also showed reasons why respondents who expected to be in the cloud six months ago are not there and asked “what’s stalling adoption?”

The results showed

  • 34% cited a lack of control over the cloud environment as the main reason for non-adoption.
  • 33% feel their data centres are not virtualized enough to be ready to move to the cloud.
  • 31% say security still weighs heavily as a reason to forgo cloud computing.

It seems that some cloud service providers still have some convincing to do when it comes to enterprise IT. But as cloud management tools advance and data centres become further virtualized, it may only be a matter of time until actual cloud adoption catches up with the noise.

From the results I agree that the buzz behind the cloud has paved the way for suppliers to see this as an easy way to win business, however, they were not geared up for the work involved between so many key areas.

Breaking down the reasons for non-adoption you can see why the confidence isn’t there. The lack of control customers feel could be down to a number of reasons:

  • Not knowing the physical location of their data.
  • Not having any control over the systems
  • Having several companies involved in service (the service provider, The Data Centre who provide the space, the maintainer of the system, logistics companies)

The next reason for not adopting cloud is a very valid one with companies feeling they are not virtualized enough to move their systems to cloud. Is this because they don’t have the skills in-house to prepare the systems for the move? Or because the suppliers don’t have the skills to do this either? I can only presume the reason that most companies haven’t started a move to a more virtualised environment has to be down to the skills in this arena.

Security is one of the top concerns for many companies who feel their data is the company’s blood and requires the highest level of protection. Knowing that some suppliers of cloud do not have their own Data Centre or engineering means more potential for security breaches.

I am probably taking a bias view on this due to how Blue Chip provides its services and how we have developed our own cloud. I have seen over the last few years the initial meetings taking place about building the Blue Chip cloud, the tests, the development of the solution, the data centre being designed and built, the monitoring of the cloud, the implementation, the support structure built around the service, the meetings with customers, the virtualisation of customers systems ready for the cloud, the tests, more tests and then the implementation of this service to our customers.

The ability Blue Chip has to provide an end to end solution is where a lot of other service providers would fall down. Started in 1987 by an IBM engineer, Blue Chip has always had a customer focus and a dedication to employ the best staff. Over time the company has grown and 26 years on, it has its own Engineers, Technical Experts, Solution experts, UK based Call dispatch, Customer Support teams, Service Delivery & Project Delivery Managers, Data Centre, 24×7 NOC, Logistics, own monitoring solution all in place. This make’s providing a cloud solution easier, by having the skills and communication channels already in place and under one roof.

I can only imagine the pain of developing a cloud solution when you would have to speak with a Data Centre Provider, Engineering company, Logistics Company, third parties and many more. As well as the time it would take to turn round pricing let alone if an issue was to happen.

If you are thinking about a potential move to cloud but need the confidence in the service and security to bring cloud computing to your company; Blue Chip is here and happy to help.

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