Pace of cloud migration looks to rise

18 juillet 2012

Even as confidence grows, the speed at which companies are making the move to the cloud continues to be slow. According to the Wall Street Journal, the industry is poised to put the pedal to the metal and watch the pace skyrocket.

Rackspace CEO Lanham Napier told the Journal that more adopters will be drawn to cloud services by technologies such as infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), where the race is on among companies do bring the price down. According to Napier, most IT departments currently spend between 70 and 80 percent of their operating budget on infrastructure costs.

A more widespread adoption of IaaS allows companies to customize their experience, building on top of the infrastructure with whatever business and security software-as-a-service (SaaS) offerings they want to use.

"The IT department of the future will look a lot more like a development shop, working on things that only the IT department can do to make the company more competitive, not in looking after equipment," Napier told the Journal.

Simple offerings
While some companies will be drawn to cloud computing by adaptability and never-ending possibilities for service options, others will look for more simple options to persuade them to adopt the technology. According to ZDNet, many companies in Asia and the Pacific feel that the cloud's biggest drawback is not cloud security, as it once was, but the cloud's tendency to be complex and costly to implement.

Because of this, Jason Tan, director of cloud and pre-sales for Southeast Asia at HP, told the news provider that the pathway to greater implementation across the region is to break it down into smaller, more manageable steps. This brings the force behind the service model into play, as it allows for more incremental migration rather than an all-out "big bang" approach.

Software setbacks
However, not everyone is as bullish on the as-a-service market. The capabilities make in tantalizing, but something is still holding it back, as evident by the high number of Asian companies hesitant to move into the cloud at all.

"At 10 years old, or 10 years young - however you want to specify its age - SaaS has the power to change everything," CEO of a startup IaaS company told Network World. "It should be viral, like a really hilarious YouTube video. And it just isn't."

According to Network World, the reasons why are threefold, coming down to issues with integration, brokerage and customization.

-McAfee Cloud Security