Balance Cloud and On-Premises Workloads Carefully
by May 5, 2017

Filed under: Cloud Computing, Industry Insights

Here’s another cloud adoption survey to add to your market research data, this one conducted late last year by Intel Security. Some new and interesting data points in here are on software-defined data centers: 73% of enterprises surveyed are moving to that model within two years. And while hybrid cloud adoption is growing rapidly, almost half of respondents say they’re delaying cloud adoption because they’re lacking necessary cybersecurity skills. Still, many more companies are trusting cloud now than they were a year ago. The number of respondents who trust public cloud to keep their data secure is now 23%, compared with 13% a year ago. That’s an improvement, but still a pretty small number when we think about the hype we hear around cloud adoption.

And yet another survey, this one from Uptime Institute, finds that 65% of enterprise workloads are still in on-premises data centers. That’s about the same as it was three years ago, according to the survey. The study also found that server consolidation is a bigger priority than cloud adoption, and that a majority of respondents know they aren’t doing that well at cloud planning.

There’s more here on the balancing act between on-premises and cloud computing. Some cloud resisters say no because of compliance or legal retention reasons, while others just don’t want to mess with the good in-house thing they’ve got going. There’s also a choice for IT to make around moving on-premises applications as is to the cloud, vs. choosing the right app for the right use without considering which legacy application is being replaced.

On the cloud planning note, this story illustrates some of the challenges that IT is facing with cloud—ones that they may not have control over. For example, many issues with hybrid cloud stem from the fact that IT doesn’t have tight control over the new tools that are supplementing legacy infrastructure. The CIO should be on top of cloud challenges, remembering that delivering services smoothly should be IT’s top goal these days. And one more important caveat: Don’t trust cloud providers to do your work for you.

If you’re thinking about how to build hybrid cloud infrastructure, take a minute to consider that you’re probably already doing it, says this Register story. At this point in time, those whose workloads are all strictly on-premises are the outliers. Whether SaaS, IaaS or PaaS, enterprises are generally using some form of cloud computing. The real missing piece is a consultant or cloud broker who can help make some sense of the cloud chaos and integrate or combine on-premises with cloud services. Standardizing services with templates and automation will also be very important for businesses to really find cloud success.