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80% of all IT budgets will be committed to cloud apps and solutions

More than 80% of the organizations surveyed in this recently published report (25 pp., PDF, opt-in) are now following a Cloud First strategy. They prefer to purchase applications as a service deployed in the Cloud over applications deployed on physical servers in their data center.

Those with a Cloud First strategy believe that their IT budgets will be 80% cloud services in less than 12 months, while those without such a strategy think it will be closer to 20 months with 15 months being the average. That’s remarkable [at least to me]. Clearly, trust and confidence in the Cloud has grown quickly.

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Cloud First is the reality. Most organizations want to migrate quickly to the Cloud. Source: Building Trust in a Cloudy Sky (see link above).

At frevvo, that’s very much in line with what we see. Customers mostly prefer our public cloud – even very large organizations. They’re less concerned about security and availability and more interested in practical issues like cost. That’s likely because incidents have decreased.

We also offer both Public and Private cloud. We’ve noticed too that customers increasingly perceive the benefits of public cloud surpassing private cloud, especially when it comes to cost. The TCO for Public Cloud is almost universally perceived as being hugely lower – sometimes to the point that customers expect public cloud services to be incredibly inexpensive.

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To us, it’s still a surprising number. 80% of the IT budget going to Cloud computing in just over 1 year. Clearly Cloud Computing has matured and is being adopted broadly.

Learn more about frevvo’s solutions by visiting our website where you’ll find several customer success stories. Explore some of the examples and contact us for more information.

Download the full report at Building Trust in a Cloudy Sky: The State of Cloud Adoption and Security (25 pp., PDF, opt-in).

 

5 Cloud Computing myths that just won’t go away

At frevvo, we’ve been offering cloud-based solutions5 Cloud Myths for years. IT Departments are obviously getting better and better about understanding Cloud but some misconceptions keep showing up. Here are some that simply refuse to die:

1. Cloud is less secure than on-premise
This is primarily a perception issue. Most security breaches including many recent high-profile ones have taken place in traditional corporate data centers. That’s because most of them have limited security expertise and have difficulty performing regular security audits and assessments. In contrast, security is critical for any public cloud vendor and they implement multi-layered approaches to security taking into account data centers, storage, networks, backups, audits and policies.

Still, it’s important to carefully review and examine your cloud providers’ security protocols and potential risks.

2. The biggest benefit of cloud is low costs
You can obviously reduce certain costs but it’s not the case that cloud apps are always cheaper. It’s almost never just about saving money. Often, the biggest benefit is that it’s easy to try new ways to do things. That’s because you can easily add or reduce temporary resources (costs) without big capital costs and deploy solutions fast. Want to try out a new automated workflow? It takes days to build/deploy and it’s super inexpensive to give it a shot. If it doesn’t work, un-deploy, stop paying and try a different approach. Of course, you have to make sure your cloud provider isn’t locking you into long-term contracts and their associated costs.

3. Public cloud is the only cloud
Private cloud refers to a cloud computing platform/application that is deployed behind a corporate firewall under IT Department control. The main goal is to get past that security perception from #1 above but there can be legitimate reasons e.g. regulations. Private cloud platforms and applications can offer many of the same benefits as public cloud including self-service, resource sharing etc. There is no one-size-fits all when it comes to Cloud.

4. We must have ONE cloud vendor
Cloud is not one thing: there are different deployment models (public, private), service models (IaaS, SaaS) and applications. Business goals come in all shapes and sizes and aligning them with the benefits of a particular cloud solution should be the deciding factor rather than any attempt to standardize on a single vendor’s offerings.

5. If it’s cloud, it must be better
It’s unfortunate that so many vendors engage in cloud-washing – dressing up their old technology as cloud. Cloud applications can offer huge benefits but you still have to design and build your application sensibly, perform the required testing, setup environments, train users etc. You can’t take shortcuts in those areas or you’ll end up with a poorly-performing cloud application.

Cloud computing is obviously growing rapidly. But there are still plenty of distortions floating around about the cloud. It’s important to do the legwork, understand the choices out there and how they can align with your business goals. By making informed decisions, your organization can reap real benefits from cloud computing.