2012 Cisco Global Cloud Networking Survey - results are out

posted May 10, 2012, 9:27 AM by Bruce P. D'Sena   [ updated May 12, 2012, 7:58 PM ]
In a new survey of over 1300 IT professionals across 13 countries, Cisco reinforces our understanding that Cloud adoption will increase because of the benefits of cost savings, flexibility and reduced operational demands, but that in turn they place new demands and requirements on the enterprise network. Both the types of applications and the way they are delivered and consumed have been changed by cloud computing and will continue to change dramatically. 

Some of the top priorities cited were:

- Data protection security during the actual migration, as the top obstacle to successful implementation
- A Cloud-ready WAN necessary to move applications to the cloud, followed by virtualized data centres and SLAs.
- Availability and reliability of cloud applications 
- Device-based security
- Visibility and control of applications across the WAN 
- Overall application performance

Top among the list of applications that have either moved or planned to be moved are E-mail and Web Services, followed by storage & collaboration solutions. The survey however, also indicates that despite the desire to move, the majority have decided not to  migrate e-mail and storage as yet. Only 5% of IT decision makers interviewed who have been able to migrate at least half of their total applications to the Cloud, and this number is expected to increase to 20% by the end of 2012.

Private Cloud deployments are expected to take longer than Public deployments, although most respondents indicated that deployments would take less than six months. The survey also highlighted the need for proper processes and planning with regard to the migration of applications to the cloud. 

On the humorous side, more than a quarter of respondents said that they had more knowledge on how to play Angry birds or change a spare tire than to move to the Cloud - most of the expertise came from Service Providers. Nearly a quarter said they were more likely to see a unicorn, a UFO or ghost before their company's Cloud migration starting or finishing.

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