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Move to cloud tough on IT staff

19 марта 2012

While CFOs are seeing a silver lining in new cloud adoption by their companies in terms of capex and opex savings, their CIO brethren may not be quite as giddy. A new survey shows that 74 percent of respondents are still worried their company's security may be at risk.

The survey, Network Instruments' Fifth Annual State of the Network Global Study, said 60 percent of respondents anticipate half of their apps will run in the cloud within 12 months, 70 percent will implement video conferencing within a year, 25 percent said they expect video will consume half of all bandwidth in 12 months, and 33 percent expect bandwidth consumption to increase by more than 50 percent in next two years.

"While IT teams embrace cloud services and videoconferencing as a way to increase cost savings and business flexibility, these technologies introduce new components and environments which make ensuring positive end-user experience all the more challenging," said Brad Reinboldt, senior product manager of Network Instruments. "The reported lack of monitoring tools, quality metrics and visibility create serious obstacles that prevent IT from effectively managing performance and jeopardize costly technology investments."

Some 60 percent of organizations are embracing cloud services, essentially unchanged from last year, but those companies are anticipating increasing the number of Software as a Service, Infrastructure as a Service and private cloud deployments.

But, the chief bugaboo, security, remains. Nearly three-quarters of respondents said they worried about ensuring corporate data security during cloud migration. The number is nearly double that of last year. Lack of accurate end-user experience monitoring and the bandwidth impact of cloud services also were issues.

NI's survey also showed than videoconferencing may finally have arrived, with about 55 percent of companies having implemented it; that number is expected to increase to 70 percent within a year. Close to two of three companies have multiple videoconferencing deployments in their organization, including 75 percent with standard conference rooms, 63 percent with desktop deployments and 30 percent using high-end telepresence.

The survey suggested lack of user knowledge and training were major hurdles, with more than half of respondents citing them as issues. On its heels were concerns about bandwidth (47 percent, and a lack of tools to manage video performance (47 percent).

By the beginning of 2013, nearly one-quarter of respondents expect video to consume over half of their bandwidth.

Источник: FierceEnterpriseCommunications

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