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Reg Research How many times do we hear from pundits and marketing people that cloud computing will change "everything”.

The premise is that it will take away the headaches of IT, so we can all have an easier life and save our businesses money into the bargain.

The flip side is that you might need fewer IT staff, so it’s unsurprising that cloud computing is often viewed as a threat by IT professionals.

But few views we hear stack up to cross-examination, and you have to wonder if some of the advocates have ever spoken to a real life IT pro, let alone spent even a day in a real world IT environment.

So what’s the deal? We asked 128 Reg readers for their views and, particularly those with direct experience of cloud; they told us that there may be an impact on the IT department. But overall it’s swings and roundabouts - no one is really buying into the notion of everything moving to the cloud. ‘Co-existence’ is the name of the game.

Managing information, security, troubleshooting, support, and so on across on-premise systems and various service provider domains can actually make life more difficult.

Meanwhile, do users and business care that much? Not really: giving them what they need is what matters. In this context, cloud computing is simply a means to an end.

Want to know more? Read the latest Reg Research report by Freeform Dynamics entitled “The Impact of Cloud on IT”. You can download it here. ®

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