Enterprises using Cloud - EU Report outlines the Limiting Factors
There is a general acceptance that usage of Cloud can help enterprises to save money by spending less on machines and software licenses and simply paying for what they use. The concept of scaling up based on demand also means that there is less very expensive machine power lying idle when things are quiet.
Why are Enterprises Limiting their use of Cloud?
There are a number of factors both hard and soft that prevent enterprises adopting the Cloud according to this Eurostat ICT Usage Report issued in December 2014.
- Insufficient knowledge of Cloud Computing is often cited but almost every Cloud or SaaS provider makes it easy to use Cloud services if they match what the company is willing to do.
- Problems accessing software is often mentioned but is simply a non-issue. All Cloud offerings have very specific things they can offer and these offerings are becoming ever more mature and comprehensive.
- The high cost of cloud computing services as limiting factor also seems to be a cop out as the costs of using the Cloud are being continually driven down and can easily be compared with the alternate approach of buying hardware and software.
- Fear of being ‘locked in’ to a specific provider preventing organisations from switching providers easily. While some providers do attempt to do this by abstracting your usage of the Cloud, with the right tools it is possible to move from Cloud provider to Cloud provider almost at will avoiding this technology lock.
- The question of legacy systems and how to transition those to the Cloud in an effective way. Using technology such as Portus you can take an evolutionary approach, enabling new applications to work securely with your on premise applications and data and eventually facilitating a move totally to the Cloud or not as is required by the business.
The Report Outlines Other Concerns for Enterprises
Where will their data will be located?
This problem can be solved by enabling enterprises to use the Cloud to deliver new applications and services while accessing the data in your on premise systems so you always know where your data is stored. This is known as a Hybrid Cloud implementation.
What about security of the data?
This can be addressed by maintaining data on premise while running applications in the Cloud. This Hybrid approach can offer a best of both worlds while alleviating the worry of a security breach or at least leaving you in control with your existing secure, on premise processes.
What about the Law Governing Data in the Cloud?
Finally, there is a significant uncertainty about the law governing data in the Cloud. This can again be addressed through the use of a Hybrid Cloud with Portus enabling secure access to your data. Most of the regulation relates to where the data resides when it is ‘at rest’ or, in other words, stored. Once you write applications that do not store data in the Cloud, the on premise storage of the data can help to address a large part of this uncertainty.
While it is understandable that many organisations are somewhat fearful and resistant to change, it is also clear that the technology is improving and maturing to address these concerns at such a speed that many of these views on the “new cloud revolution” are already becoming outdated.
Many of the points above can be addressed with the use of Ostia’s Portus Technology. Contact us to find out more about how we can help you, and visit our Services Page to learn more about what we offer.