IT pros see cloud adoption as essential, but aren’t all-in yet

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Most everyone you ask in IT agrees that the cloud is useful to their employers’ long-term business needs. But don’t look for companies to be mostly in the cloud any time soon.

In fact, just 43% of those surveyed in a recent poll said that cloud would make up more than half of their infrastructure in the next three to five years. So what accounts for this bullish attitude if people are still not going all-in?

Report finds hesitation

Ninety-two percent of IT pros surveyed by SolarWinds as part of its IT Trends Report 2016 said they felt adopting cloud services was important to their businesses’ long-term health. And 26% said it was very important.

But 60% said they’re never going to go 100% cloud.

That isn’t a barometer for success, mind you. Taking advantage of cloud services doesn’t mean you must or should commit to 100% cloud adoption. But there are real benefits to pairing cloud integration with in-house services, or as the report refers to it, hybrid IT.

Benefits

First and foremost, this model of IT allows flexibility and cost-savings.

The top five weighted results for benefits of hybrid IT were:

  • infrastructure cost reduction (72%)
  • increased infrastructure flexibility and agility (67%)
  • freeing up time from managing infrastructure day-to-day (64%)
  • not having to maintain infrastructure in-house (59%), and
  • providing more options to scale (51%).

For most organizations, that migration has taken place in applications. Sixty-nine percent of IT pros surveyed said that they had migrated apps to private or public clouds.

Other resources that have been moved to the cloud include:

  • storage (39%)
  • database (33%), and
  • security (15%).

The top priorities for moving new services to the cloud were database and applications, at 55% of IT pros surveyed apiece.

Challenges and barriers

The main challenge to cloud adoption: Not surprisingly, it’s security concerns.

Seventy-five percent of those surveyed cited security and compliance as a barrier to adoption. Others included:

  • need to continue supporting legacy apps and systems (63%)
  • work required to move existing infrastructure (51%)
  • budget limitations (45%)
  • convincing business leaders to see the need (43%), and
  • concerns over having multiple vendors and service providers (43%).

Advice to companies: Rather than worrying about how much of your infrastructure and systems are moved to the cloud, work on figuring out what makes sense to move to the cloud and how much risk you can tolerate.

That’s the true measure of success for a cloud or any other project.