Cloud computing: How to make the move without losing control

Grazed from ZDNet. Author: Mark Samuels

The shift to cloud computing, though real, is still at an early stage for many companies. Clive Longbottom, service director at analyst Quocirca, says any claim that the move to on-demand IT has reached a tipping point should be accompanied by a large pinch of salt. "Everyone is busy saying the cloud is already here, but our research suggests just 12 percent of businesses are cloud-first organisations," he says.

His firm recently polled 400 IT directors and strategists on behalf of enterprise cloud company Nutanix. While a third of businesses run workloads in the cloud, about a quarter of firms go as far as to suggest they will never move on-demand.
 

The research discovered that significant concerns persist around integration, total cost of ownership and security.

"You've got early movers who are already on cloud -- the mainstream organisations know it's the future. At the same time, you still have the laggards that are happy to run legacy technology in-house. But flexibility and agility is the key going forwards and executives need to embrace the cloud or they will start seeing their business going south," says Longbottom.

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