Survey Reveals Cloud Adoption Should Quadruple

Cloud adoption amongst enterprises is now expected to significantly grow throughout the rest of 2012, however it has also been revealed that some serious obstacles must be overcome. This is according to a customer survey carried out by Cisco Systems.

The 2012 Cisco Global Cloud Networking Survey of 100 IT executives in each of 13 countries has unveiled that while just 5% of the IT executives are currently using cloud computing technology, in order to deliver the majority of the software applications they are using within their business, the figure is expected to rise to around 20% by the end of the year, thus quadrupling the amount of enterprises using cloud hosting as a solution.

Inbar Lasser-Raab, Senior Marketing Director of the Cisco Services Routing Technology Group (SRTG) has been explaining: “The reason so many are moving the majority of their apps to the cloud is because there are more cloud applications out there, more choice, and then there's the maturity of the process.”

She went on to state that the cloud adoption process is beginning to mature as businesses are becoming more familiar with the technology and how cloud computing can benefit their business. It thus seems the adoption of cloud computing is on an upward curve, however this hasn’t, so far, simplified the process as it remains complex, time-consuming and includes a number of pitfalls. This, again, was revealed by the customer survey. 37% of the IT executives surveyed suggested that networking issues was the primary challenge that cloud computing must overcome.

As cloud computing has progressed and cloud adoption has grown, many enterprises discovered the limitations of their current wide area network (WAN) infrastructure and so depending on the application, the infrastructure may need to be upgraded. A typical WAN link, in the case of a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) deployment, can support 20 virtual desktop sessions.

However they may not deliver the sub-50 millisecond latency limit that is required in a service legal agreement (SLA). Inbar Lasser-Raab concluded that cloud technology has had to adapt and grow to adhere to many considerations that were not previously planned for.

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