Cloud being “smothered” by CIO IT concerns, claims new report

As cloud computing continues to materialise and mature in the fabric of today’s IT, one of the primary barriers to widespread adoption is the high proportion of legacy ICT in many companies.

That’s according to the latest survey, this time from NTT Europe polling 300 CIOs and IT decision makers on current trends, barriers and solutions.

56% of those surveyed cited the complexity of their IT layout as the biggest barrier to large scale cloud adoption, with the figure rising to 70% in the public sector.

In some cases, the reason for being so attached to older IT software is financial. 28% of respondents said their legacy systems were too expensive – or valuable – to completely trash.

“[CIOs] expect enterprise clouds today to be able to handle the complexity of their business engine, meet internal and external compliance requirements, and reduce the management burden on in-house IT staff,” the report states.

Not surprisingly, security remains an issue – to the extent that CIOs refuse to move their apps which are at the heart of the “business engine” to a cloud system.

As a result, there’s disagreement between cloud service providers and enterprises over migration; given these “business engines” are a complicated brew of legacy and more modern IT, the report shows enterprise fear CSPs don’t take complexity issues seriously enough.

To add further spice to the cost concern, perhaps remarkably only 17% of those polled said R&D was a key concern, with the report inferring that R&D is more of a long-term issue.

The report also showed that just over three quarters (77%) of companies were utilising at least one aspect of cloud computing, but none of those polled were fully in the cloud. Of this, approximately 85% said they were using cloud solutions for more than 12 months, whilst for over half of cloud users, they used a maximum of three separate platforms.

The overall message from this report, as has been the case with many of late, concerns taking the next step in terms of cloud computing as a widespread business solution. The title of this report is called “Growing Pains in the Cloud”, whilst a similar study from CA Technologies back in May had the title of “Cloud Succeeds, Now What?”

Yet Gartner’s latest findings, published last month, showed that the big move towards offices in the cloud would start in 2013, and confirmed that legacy is nowhere near dead for now.

What do you make of the research? Are CSPs underestimating the backlog of legacy systems?

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