May 09, 2012
Majority report improved availability; twenty-one percent said monitoring worsened reveals Network Instruments on-site survey
LAS VEGAS, May 8 — Adoption of cloud computing is largely being driven by software as a service and private cloud adoption according to a study released by Network Instruments. Although the majority reported improved application availability and user experience, over twenty percent indicated their ability to monitor and troubleshoot worsened after deploying cloud.
The onsite survey of 102 network engineers, IT managers and executives attending Interop found:
Cloud Becomes Commodity: Seventy-four percent of respondents have cloud computing services running on their network. Of these respondents, 45 percent have implemented some form of software as a service (SaaS) like Salesforce.com or Google Apps. This was followed by infrastructure as a service (16 percent). A smaller number (11 percent) rely on some form of platform as a service (PaaS) such as Microsoft Azure or Heroku.
Cloud Workloads: Most of the respondents are migrating storage (49 percent) and e-mail (44 percent) to the cloud. Surprisingly, 35 percent are hosting testing and development applications externally.
Private Cloud – Internal vs. External: Sixty-two percent of respondents have some type of private cloud. The majority houses their private cloud internally (57 percent), while only 5 percent use an external private cloud service like Amazon VPC, Savvis Symphony Dedicated or Citrix Cloud.com.
Private Cloud in Progress: When asked about aspects of private cloud their organization had implemented, 100 percent indicated server virtualization. This compares to 28 percent who have implemented internal SLAs and 19 percent having self-service IT provisioning in place.
Improved Availability and User Experience: After deploying cloud services, 63 percent reported improved application availability, which compares to only 3 percent reporting availability worsening. Similarly, half indicated end-user experience improved compared to only 5 percent that said user experience worsened.
Troubleshooting Worsened: Nearly 70 percent indicated that their ability to troubleshoot applications worsened or remained the same after migrating to the cloud.
"It's clear that benefits of improved availability and user experience are driving organizations to embrace multiple forms of cloud," said Charles Thompson, director of product strategies for Network Instruments. "As IT teams move to deploy key business services to the cloud, it is critical that they address new visibility gaps resulting from the move. Teams failing to manage cloud monitoring challenges risk impacting worker productivity and the organization's bottom line."
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