Migration patterns and policy changes signal greater maturity
With 90 percent of companies claiming some form of cloud usage, many organizations have moved to the next step, leveraging multiple cloud models in different combinations to optimize benefits and efficiencies, according to new research from CompTIA, the non-profit association for the information technology (IT) industry.
As cloud computing becomes a default part of the IT landscape, more companies are relying on cloud computing for business processes such as storage (59 percent), business continuity and disaster recovery (48 percent) and security (44 percent), CompTIA’sFourth Annual Trends in Cloud Computing study reveals.
“Once companies hit a stage where they are using cloud systems as a standard part of IT architecture, they weigh the pros and cons of various providers and models and continually shift to achieve the optimal mix,” said Seth Robinson, director, technology analysis, market research, CompTIA. “A healthy percentage of companies are moving from one public cloud provider to another, moving from a public cloud provider to their own private cloud, or moving applications back on-premise.”
CompTIA’s study found that more than six in ten cloud users have made secondary shifts of infrastructure or applications following their original transition to the cloud.
View a matrix of cloud business migration models at http://www.slideshare.net/comptia/enduser-cloud-migrations:
“In the future, companies will have their architecture spread across multiple clouds along with on-premise systems, choosing the option that best suits their needs for a particular application,” added Robinson. “This is no different than a traditional data center with servers that are configured for different purposes, but the management challenges are much greater. As the industry moves toward a multi-cloud paradigm, there will be ample opportunity for IT channel firms to help manage the growing complexity.”
How Are Cloud Models Transforming Business Policies & Procedures
While cloud computing is becoming highly adopted and well accepted, there are still many challenges to be dealt with as companies transform themselves:
CompTIA’s Fourth Annual Trends in Cloud Computing study is based on an online survey conducted in July 2013 of 501 technology or business professionals (end users) in the U.S. and 400 IT channel companies. The complete report is available at no cost to CompTIA members who can access the file at www.CompTIA.org or by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. A synopsis of end-user data from the report can be access on CompTIA’s SlideShare page at http://www.slideshare.net/comptia/slideshare-2013-cloud-end-user-study.
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