The Cloud Landscape Evolves Into a Simpler Business Space
The cloud landscape is taking on a different shape in 2017. It’s no secret that enterprise organizations have struggled with the security implications of lifting data, applications and infrastructure into the cloud. The good news is that those concerns are shrinking.
The 2017 State of the Cloud Report from RightScale reveals a landscape in which enterprise cloud deployments are becoming second nature. In fact, cloud hurdles that were once show-stoppers — like security and expertise — are on the decline, with one notable exception: control.
The survey, taken by more than 1,000 enterprises, reveals concerns over cloud expertise and security fell from 32 and 29 percent, respectively, down to 25 percent. Unfortunately, governance and control issues showed no signs of decline.
Expanding IT Roles in a Cloud Landscape
Part of the governance challenge stems from the growing role of enterprise IT teams. These teams find themselves making an increasing number of vital decisions when it comes to cloud deployments. For example, 65 percent of respondents indicated their duties now include choosing public cloud solutions, and 63 percent are now in an advisory role for transitioning apps to the cloud and determining which private cloud solution is the best fit for their organization.
It doesn’t help the issue that these teams were tasked with controlling both public and private cloud deployments just as hybrid solutions became a top priority for half of responding enterprises, up from 39 percent last year. As organizations continue their shift to centralized IT resources, more and more pressure will be placed on teams to handle their growing cloud responsibilities with precision and speed.
Of the newly minted top-three cloud challenges faced by enterprise IT — security, governance/control and spending — perhaps none is quite as familiar as wasted spending. Why? The simple answer is that spending on immaterial things is both easy to do and difficult to control. It can be likened to the phenomena of online shopping: With a few clicks of the mouse, a shopper can easily have an army of FedEx trucks en route with all manner of indulgences. In the same way, cloud computing allows users to simply provision more “stuff” with the click of a button — whether they really need to or not.
Despite obvious warning signs, it seems industry leaders may still be in denial on this one. The survey notes that respondents estimate their excess cloud spending at roughly 30 percent. RightScale, however, calculated wasted spending to actually be in the neighborhood of 30 to 45 percent. This shows a clear disconnect between how teams think they use their cloud dollars and what actually gets put to good use.
All told, things are looking up for the enterprise cloud landscape. Some of the biggest challenges faced by this facet of modern IT are just not quite the hurdles they used to be. In addition, new ways to tackle cloud adoption are being developed, with strategies like DevOps increasing in use from 74 to 78 percent. Aided by increased comfort with and expertise in all things cloud, the future is looking very bright indeed.