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  • 24 July 2013 13:07

Cloud computing outlook: slowly, surely, stealthily but siloed

Logicalis mid-year cloud poll reveals 'cloud by stealth' approach could creates longer-term challenges

Sydney, July 24, 2013 – 'Slowly, surely, stealthily but siloed' is the current state of cloud computing according to Logicalis Australia from a recent mid-level poll of IT professionals around current and planned cloud uptake.

The survey suggested an alarming trend: a increasing lack of control by the technology department with IT spend shifting to other departments resulting in a rise in siloed skills and resources.

IT professionals feel they are appropriately skilled for cloud computing but that unauthorised use of hosted apps and services ('IT by stealth') is direct result of senior management policies and attitudes that ignore the potential of cloud services. Interestingly, almost 70% believe that the new delivery model promised by cloud computing fundamentally affects the role of the CIO.

“Cloud trends are changing by the month and this survey shows a mid year snapshot of where companies are up to,' said Oliver Descoeudres, Marketing Director at Logicalis Australia. “Now that the Government has mandated its cloud strategy we believe this will provide an additional level of comfort and boost uptake. However, a trend to watch out for is that this stealth approach is undermining the benefit of a centralised expert IT team.”

The poll of more than 50 IT mid-level information technology professionals found the majority (53%) do not have a formal cloud strategy while 50% have a private cloud already in place, 19% are preparing for one while 31% have no plans for a private cloud. This suggests a somewhat mixed approach to cloud investment and planning.

Storage, Disaster Recovery and non-core business applications (e.g. email) are the main functions already migrated to the cloud, while core business applications (e.g. ERP) and communications (voice & unified comms) and testing & development are the least likely to be moved externally in the future.

Of those surveyed, 46% use software-as-a-service, 26% use infrastructure-as-a-service, closely followed by platform-as-a-service (25%). Data sovereignty remains a key concern for 70% of respondents.

Most people host relatively few applications in the cloud, indeed two-thirds host less than 10% in a public cloud. At the other end of the spectrum, just 12% of respondents currently host more than half of their applications in a public cloud, however, it's a more positive look at the future with the number planning to host more than half of their applications rising to 30%.

“There's been so much fear, uncertainty and doubt around cloud despite no strong case against it. This survey shows that cloud is creeping in by stealth; IT professionals feel ready but IT leaders who stick their head in the sand risk falling behind and missing out on opportunities to save money and be more productive,” added Mr Descoeudres.

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