No one said that migrating to a cloud computing solution was simple, but a new study commissioned by Cisco reveals that many IT experts are finding the challenges downright painful. In fact, 38 percent of IT decision makers polled claim they “would rather get a root canal, dig a ditch, or do their own taxes than address network challenges associated with public or private cloud deployments.” Ouch!
The problem, as reported on in this Market Watch article, is not about cloud migration, per se, but the difficulties of migrating key business apps to the cloud without having the right network strategy in place. Preparing and updating the company network infrastructure was cited as the key component to a successful cloud migration by 37 percent of respondents, the highest such ranking (“having a virtualized data center” finished in second with 28 percent).
Educating oneself about the potential network challenges appears to be the key to eliminating the perceived pains of cloud migration, and IT decision makers have started that education process, so much so that 73 percent of respondents now feel “they are confident with enough information to begin their private or public cloud deployments.”
Over 1,300 IT pros in 13 countries (including Canada) took part in the 2012 Cisco(R) Global Cloud Networking Survey, which gathered information cloud-services adoption rates and examines the challenges, especially on the network level faced in the cloud migration process. Some of the key findings include:
- By 2014, at least 50 percent of computing workloads in data centers will be cloud-based.
- Global cloud traffic will grow more than 12 times by 2015.
- More than a quarter (27 percent) of those surveyed claim that they “have more knowledge about how to play Angry Birds than the steps needed to migrate their company’s network and applications to the cloud.”
- If they could only move one application to the cloud, 25 percent would choose storage, followed by enterprise resource planning applications at 20.