Feeds

CIOs bombarded with hybrid cloud surveys

The battle for enterprise hearts and minds

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

Two surveys published in recent days that major on CIOs and their attitude to hybrid cloud show the scramble among IT vendors to win enterprise hearts and minds.

A survey of 52 US CIOs conducted for SAP reveals strong support for the notion that hybrid cloud – combining cloud and on-premise applications – reduce complexity and flexibility. But an NTT-sponsored survey of 300 CIOs in Europe shows that the complexity of their own IT architecture is the greatest hurdle to cloud adoption.

In other words, enterprises may need to do a lot of consolidating their hardware and software estates before they are “cloud-ready”. Also institutional barriers are prominent for most (75 per cent) of non-hybrid cloud CIOs, according to SAP, which cites internal resistance and security as primary barriers to adoption.

So the consensus is emerging that hybrid cloud solutions are the way forward for large organizations. But when? Vendors have fixed upon helping the CIO to overcome the obstacles – and for some this will be a matter of survival.

IBM, Oracle, SAP have incumbents’ advantage as they are embedded firmly today in enterprise boardrooms, as indeed are traditional telcos such as Verizon, BT and NTT. Google, Amazon and Microsoft have the firepower and increasingly the product breadth to make a big impact here. But what about the traditional hardware-centric vendors?

A major shift to the cloud will create a mighty headache for many, according to Morgan Stanley which forecasts that Amazon Web Services revenues will leap from $2bn in 2012 to $24bn in 10 years.

Much of this growth will come from the “cannibalization of other traditional IT services, as people flee from expensive, old-style IT into roughly equivalent but cheaper technologies offered by Amazon”, El Reg's Jack Clark wrote. Morgan Stanley points to Brocade, NetApp, QLogogic, EMC and VMware as most vulnerable to an AWS surge. ®

Survey links

Security for virtualized datacentres

More from The Register

next story
Wanna keep your data for 1,000 YEARS? No? Hard luck, HDS wants you to anyway
Combine Blu-ray and M-DISC and you get this monster
US boffins demo 'twisted radio' mux
OAM takes wireless signals to 32 Gbps
Apple flops out 2FA for iCloud in bid to stop future nude selfie leaks
Millions of 4chan users howl with laughter as Cupertino slams stable door
No biggie: EMC's XtremIO firmware upgrade 'will wipe data'
But it'll have no impact and will be seamless, we're told
Students playing with impressive racks? Yes, it's cluster comp time
The most comprehensive coverage the world has ever seen. Ever
Run little spreadsheet, run! IBM's Watson is coming to gobble you up
Big Blue's big super's big appetite for big data in big clouds for big analytics
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
Protecting users from Firesheep and other Sidejacking attacks with SSL
Discussing the vulnerabilities inherent in Wi-Fi networks, and how using TLS/SSL for your entire site will assure security.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.