In April we attended Interop Las Vegas, where one of the main topics of conversation was cloud computing, an area that continues to be a key focus for IT decision makers. While at the event, we took the opportunity to survey this highly-qualified pool of attendees to find out about their biggest cloud management challenges.
Not surprisingly, the public cloud still presents serious security concerns for many organizations. So much so that public cloud adoption for enterprises is still a long way off. Of the nearly 100 survey respondents, key findings included:
- Slightly more than 13 percent of respondents have or plan to deploy a public cloud in the next year, while less than 13 percent have a hybrid strategy in place
- 23 percent of those looking at a public cloud plan to take more than a year to deploy, 14 percent for hybrid
- 48 percent of those surveyed noted that data security is their top cloud management concern
- 45 percent noted concerns with control of both physical and virtual environments
- 23 percent are focused on visibility in the cloud
On the other hand, when asked about their private cloud deployment strategies:
- More than 24 percent of survey respondents have or plan to deploy private clouds within their organizations in the next year
- Close to 15 percent are concerned about interoperability
It's no surprise that the main barrier for faster public cloud adoption is the lack of sufficient security, control and visibility. CIOs and IT managers normally cite these as the primary reasons for their reluctance of trusting a third-party cloud provider for storing or processing their sensitive data.
Private cloud computing deployments are being announced on an almost daily basis, but interoperability is the growing concern of close to 15 percent of survey respondents. Many businesses want interoperability between their in-house infrastructure and the cloud. And with industry analysts agreeing that heterogeneity is the future of IT, we expect this number to increase quickly in the coming months.