Despite being cloud services being so widely adopted, enterprises have faced a unique set of challenges in using them. While some of these troubles have improved, others have only become more difficult to overcome.
According to the 2016 RightScale State of the Cloud report, which surveyed 930 IT professionals, security is no longer a top concern, but aspects of cloud use like obtaining the right skills and expertise and managing costs continue to grow as hurdles. A 2014 CompTIA survey identified integration as the time when these challenges are at their most overwhelming.
Here, we discuss these three major areas of difficulty and how they’ve affected enterprises trying to adopt cloud solutions.
Skills and Expertise
The most significant obstacle in cloud adoption is obtaining the necessary talent or resources to get through the process. According to The Next Web, which reported on some of the biggest issues facing cloud computing, the right expertise is often “difficult – and expensive – to find.”
The U.S. government has had particularly difficulty with this aspect of cloud integration. According to Network World, since the introduction of the “Cloud First” initiative, government agencies have been encouraged to use secure and cost-effective cloud solutions when available. However, many agencies have struggled obtaining the necessary resources and tools to implement them.
For any enterprise that has made the steps to integrate, they know that there is a steep learning curve in going from an on-premise data center to a cloud service. The Next Web described them as “vastly different worlds.” The biggest difference, which is also identified as one of the biggest challenges in the RightScale survey, is managing cost.
According to RightScale, 26 percent of respondents find cost management as a significant challenge – a number that has steadily risen each year. In 2013, only 18 percent reported issues with cost management. As RightScale pointed out, cloud computing can offer savings opportunities, but few companies know how to tap into them.
In the 2014 Annual Trends In Cloud Computing study by CompTIA, 400 IT and business professionals responded to questions about their experience with cloud integration. Of those who progressed from an experimental to a non critical usage stage, only 28 percent said the transition needed “significant effort.” However, for those who made a complete transformation to full production, 63 percent described it as requiring significant effort.
“The bulk of the cost and effort for any IT project is typically consumed by integration and cloud computing is no different, ” Seth Robinson, the senior director of technology analysis at CompTIA, said in a statement about the survey. “If anything, cloud integration may be even more challenging, as it requires web APIs that may be unfamiliar to the technical team.”
CIO magazine pointed out that because many businesses have begun using cloud solutions for critical data storage, these transitions have only become more complicated. RightScale’s 2015 State of the Cloud survey reported that 20 percent of respondents run workloads right from the cloud. Another 55 percent build applications using cloud-friendly technology with the intention of moving to the cloud.
For all these challenges, it’s important that enterprises understand their options. While cloud computing has become an increasingly popular choice – it is far from the only one. On-premise solutions are still viable, and recommended, depending on your needs and resources. Be sure to consider these before making your decision.