According to Research, Majority of the Chief Information Officers in Europe Believe That Cloud Computing Will Be Their IT Operating Channel by 2014
According to research, the majority of CIOs across Europe believe that the cloud would be their IT operating channel by 2014.
Colt, a communications providing firm, carried out this research among 500 CIOs in France, Germany, the UK, Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg. Out of the 500 respondents, hundred belongs to the United Kingdom.
Currently, the cloud implementation is slow and riddled with a lot of issues being brought up every day. Due to this, only a few businesses reported that they had company-wide implementations of cloud computing – about 16 percent – but many organizations look forward to putting the cloud into operation by 2014. Around 60 percent of the enterprises agreed to this during the research.
The research also highlights key problems to implementing the cloud in enterprises. Companies are looking for clear advantages in terms of scalable resource planning the technology offers. IT professionals are still debating over the scalability and cost reduction that the cloud offers, and many believe that there will be no significant reduction in the latter while scalability might not be completely possible at this stage.
“Whilst the absolute deployment of cloud services is very difficult to establish, the trend is clear,” said Mark Leonard, executive vice president responsible for the CIO office at Colt. “Companies are evaluating and deploying cloud services at a higher rate year-on-year, driven by the need to be more agile and responsive in today’s business climate.”
Colt’s research found out that 58 percent of the CIOs described ease of transition as the key challenge for cloud adoption, while other factors included quality assurance (55 percent), cost justification (55 percent) and security issues and control of customer data (54 percent).
Security is an increasing concern for enterprises when considering cloud adoption. Since all data becomes remote and has no geographical boundaries, hacking a server could result in theft of data – information that might be very sensitive. Cloud providers have yet to develop extensive security options, and proper regulations have not been laid on them or are being monitored – though governments are in discussion over the issue. This issue is very popular in the UK and Germany as 74 and 70 percent of IT leaders express their concern over this drawback in cloud computing.
The other issues which were brought up by Colt to be the key issues of CIOs include Supplier lock-in (46 percent) and geographic location of the cloud supplier (31 percent).
Private clouds are a way of overcoming security shortcomings in this technology. CIOs believe that although these can solve security issues, they are less scalable and more expensive to run – cancelling the two main benefits that cloud computing provides. Nevertheless, they are a popular option in Spain (58 percent), Germany (57 percent) and the UK (56 percent).
Colt’s research highlights the fact that cloud technology still hasn’t quite justified scalability and cost reduction to the IT leaders, while its security concerns are causing many enterprises to stay back. If they can solve them problems and offer an easier option to company-wide cloud transition, then implementation throughout Europe would skyrocket. The CIOs across the continent are optimistic on the development and growth of the cloud, and Colt reports that IT leaders believe that cloud services will be dominant across Europe by 2014.