Cloud divide: senior executives want cloud, security and IT managers are nervous

Cloud divide: senior executives want cloud, security and IT managers are nervous

Summary: A new survey of 434 executives finds widespread adoption and interest in both public and private cloud computing. However, not everyone is comfortable with the cloud.

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A new survey of 434 executives finds widespread adoption and interest in both public and private cloud computing. However, not everyone is comfortable with the cloud.

Security, job losses worry some.

The survey of North American and European companies sponsored by CA Technologies finds senior management (C-level and senior IT executives) are primary advocates for public clouds. IT managers, on the other hand, are the leading private cloud advocates (32 percent of directors of IT operations or senior data center management, 31 percent of virtualization team, 30 percent of server management team).

Cloud has opposition from several quarters as well. The survey finds members of security teams top the list as the primary opponents for both public and private clouds (44% and 27% respectively), with sizeable numbers of business unit leaders/managers also sharing that attitude (23% and 18% respectively).

Overall, 53% are uncomfortable with public clouds, and 31% are uncomfortable with private clouds. Security and control remain perceived barriers to the cloud. Executives are primarily concerned about security (68%) and poor service quality (40%), while roughly half of all respondents consider risk of job loss and loss of control as top deterrents.

In fact, 52% of IT managers say they fear job losses, making this the leading area of concern. While we all know corporations can be coldhearted in this regard, many IT managers will be protective of their colleagues (not to mention their own jobs, of course.)  CA, the vendor sponsor, had some soothing words in this regard -- as Adam Famularo, general manager for CA's Cloud Computing Business, put it: the survey validates that "IT executives are rapidly becoming orchestrators of an IT supply chain made up of internal and external services." While the threat of job loss is real, it does open up possibilities for new types of relationships between IT and the business, with IT taking on more of an advisory role, versus that of nuts-and-bolts implementer.

Nevertheless, the tide keeps rushing in -- cloud computing is becoming part of enterprise business technology in a big way. The CA survey finds cloud is now everywhere, in one form or another: more than 80 percent of enterprises and 92% of the largest enterprises have at least one cloud service; 53% of IT implementers indicate having more than six cloud services.

A segment of respondents indicate plans to continue to move mission-critical applications from non-virtualized infrastructure to virtual machines over the next couple of years.  Enterprises are running nearly half (47%) of these applications on non-virtualized infrastructure today, which will drop by 17% in the next two years.  Of that 17%, 10% will shift to public and private clouds.

The biggest and most mature adopters of private cloud (and perhaps public cloud to some degree) are those companies that already are well-versed in virtualization approaches, the CA survey finds. Virtualization-intensive organizations are four times more likely to "move as many services as possible" to both public and private clouds (17% versus four percent).

On average, roughly one-third of x86 servers are virtualized within respondents' enterprises. Nearly half (46%) indicate they are at a “managed” stage of virtualization, with the ability to move virtual machines and manage them for high availability.

The primary incentives for organizations exploring the cloud are to save money (44%) and gain greater cost control (35%). IT staff have their own reasons for working with cloud-based services: increasing efficiency (35%) and a desire to work with the latest technologies (34%).

The survey intermingled public and private cloud quite closely, though they often are two separate paradigms. And, interestingly, respondents had very similar attitudes toward both public and private clouds. They cite cost savings, resource efficiencies, flexibility and servicing global users as drivers for public clouds; similarly, cost, scalability, flexibility and manageability are drivers for private clouds. Security is noted as both a driver and deterrent for public and private clouds.

Collaboration tools lead cloud deployments at 75%, with hosted email, antivirus/spam filters and Web conferencing noted as the most common applications being deployed in the cloud by large enterprises.

Infrastructure and development platforms in the cloud (Infrastructure- and Platform-as-a-Service) appear to be poised for growth with 58% of large organizations already using these services, and 43% considering them.  Such use and consideration sets up infrastructure clouds as the next wave of cloud adoption.

Topics: Hardware, CXO, Cloud, Servers, Storage, Virtualization

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  • RE: Cloud divide: senior executives want cloud, security and IT managers are nervous

    For me its not about job security. Its about instant volatility. I don't want all my company's data on some company's servers who are hiding their financial status and wake up one morning to find that they've gone belly up. Worse, I don't want to read one morning that they're security has been compromised and my data now could be in some nefarious person's possession, not that it still couldn't happen but at least in my hands I know what controls I have over it.
    I12BPhil
    • RE: Cloud divide: senior executives want cloud, security and IT managers are nervous

      @I12BPhil

      GIVE UP U ALLL...the CEO's are in the BACK ROOM RIGHT NOW....

      Working in the Pink Diamond Mine.... large discovery....
      Create Chaos Pandoria13

      A very unique occurrence in nature has been found;
      analyzed; assessed; weighed; tested; enhanced;
      implemented and deployed in the pink diamond mine's of the Mainframes'.

      www.z390.org and www.zCOBOL

      zCICS; zVSAM; zSORT etc... etc... etc...

      read all about it !!!!!!!!!! Then Try IT !!!!!!!!

      Supporting Newest z196 instruction set execution through emulation x86 & x64 in JAVA

      Interfaced with IBM DB2 Express-C batch SQL capabilities; [ I actually help in doing some of this, really ]

      Deployed onto the CloudShare Pro CLOUD [ I actually DID this in Jan of 2011, really ]

      Running on Win & Linux or J2SE supported platform's

      100% JAVA Open Source... 100% F R E E ...

      caution... please, read the ton's and ton's of documentation provided, it saves you a lot of time...
      caution... please, ton's and ton's of examples, it saves you a lot of time...
      caution... please, join the group, and read all of the group posting's from the beginning, it saves you a lot of time...
      caution... please, ask questions, you will be amazed at the cut right to the chase on the subject requiring attention,
      it saves you a lot of time...
      caution... please, you might find yourself rummaging around the attic or garage for that dang old source code you developed back when,
      that may not save you time...
      caution... please, you might just actually save your company and you, very serious monies...
      caution... please, SHARE, share, ShArE, sHaRe...
      caution... please, introduce yourself, you just might find that Old Code Slinger Buddy from back a while ago, you forgot about...
      caution... please, don't take my word for it, that it WORK's, try it, you find a REAL BUG [$ 1.00 reward ],
      Mr. Don Higgin's will rule if it a BUG or NOT...
      caution... please, believe found myself doing that nasty bit fiddling thing again,
      and I can do that in xxxx instructions, like name that tune...
      caution... please, believe found bunche's of JAVA, IBM HLASM Assembler, COBOL, WIN, LINUX & etc........
      WIZARD's still exist, that were locked away in the back room like me.
      caution... please, O P E N S O U R C E is the only way to GO...
      caution... please, you can donate or not donate, that is entirely up to YOU...
      caution... please, it is advisable, to look out the window and see if the sun has risen...
      caution... please, Lot's of thing's to get involved with, no offer of assistance has ever been refused so far...
      caution... please, ... ... ... .... .... flower box's are still kool

      caution... please, Adviable to Display Entering Pink Diamond Mine Unlimited Work Zone Area...

      Pandoria13@hotmail.com

      2011 is gonna,,,,, Rock
      Page-Cray
      • RE: Cloud divide: senior executives want cloud, security and IT managers are nervous

        @Page-Cray OpenSource is the only way get your company tied into you?
        jessiethe3rd
  • RE: Cloud divide: senior executives want cloud, security and IT managers are nervous

    With regards to Cloud Computing, the paranoid IT officials could provide their own Clouds to the employees of their organizations, whereas the general public could be provided with Cloud Computing services by third parties.

    Cloud Computing doesn?t make the traditional devices and applications redundant, because people simply cannot let a glitch in the network wreck their careers. The Clouds would merely provide mobile users with a ubiquitous access to facilitate their work; they cannot replace the existing devices and applications because of the inherent unreliability of the networks.

    Nevertheless Cloud Computing is here to stay and the OEMs along with the O.S/application developers have to adapt accordingly.

    At the moment, I?m busy aggregating my B.S (Engineering), M.S (Engineering), M.B.A, and CFA curriculums along with a master?s curriculum in International Business Law from a plethora of DVDS onto my hard-drive (some of the stuff is so old that it simply doesn?t work) ? this means that my postings would be sporadic and not comprehensively thought out, but if you were to aggregate all of my postings the gist of them aggregation would definitely provide tangible value. I?ll be disappearing for a while, as I revise some of my academic stuff since I?ve completely lost touch with some of it (It?s been 20 + yrs).

    I?ll reappear for the next generation of devices and technologies, following which I?ll keep on making appearances to listen to and chart the course of the evolution of the different technologies and the underlying devices.

    With regard to technology, unless a technology can add value to your life by providing you with more numerous options, easy access, increased automation, and greater versatility along with increased power and efficiency; it?ll just be a short-lived gimmick, not a mass-adopted transformational product.

    As for the devices, the larger the screen sizes, the better the ergonomics, the more convenient the Human Interfaces devices; the better ? provided none of these inhibit or impede the convenient carriage of mobile devices ? for static devices this limitation doesn?t.
    I might be off for a while, but I?ll try to keep on dropping occasionally, though, rather sporadically.
    Khushal69
  • RE: Cloud divide: senior executives want cloud, security and IT managers are nervous

    With regards to Cloud Computing, the paranoid IT officials could provide their own Clouds to the employees of their organizations, whereas the general public could be provided with Cloud Computing services by third parties.

    Cloud Computing doesn?t make the traditional devices and applications redundant, because people simply cannot let a glitch in the network wreck their careers. The Clouds would merely provide mobile users with a ubiquitous access to facilitate their work; they cannot replace the existing devices and applications because of the inherent unreliability of the networks.

    Nevertheless Cloud Computing is here to stay and the OEMs along with the O.S/application developers have to adapt accordingly.

    At the moment, I?m busy aggregating my B.S (Engineering), M.S (Engineering), M.B.A, and CFA curriculums along with a master?s curriculum in International Business Law from a plethora of DVDS onto my hard-drive (some of the stuff is so old that it simply doesn?t work) ? this means that my postings would be sporadic and not comprehensively thought out, but if you were to aggregate all of my postings the gist of them aggregation would definitely provide tangible value. I?ll be disappearing for a while, as I revise some of my academic stuff since I?ve completely lost touch with some of it (It?s been 20 + yrs).

    I?ll reappear for the next generation of devices and technologies, following which I?ll keep on making appearances to listen to and chart the course of the evolution of the different technologies and the underlying devices.

    With regard to technology, unless a technology can add value to your life by providing you with more numerous options, easy access, increased automation, and greater versatility along with increased power and efficiency; it?ll just be a short-lived gimmick, not a mass-adopted transformational product.

    As for the devices, the larger the screen sizes, the better the ergonomics, the more convenient the Human Interfaces devices; the better ? provided none of these inhibit or impede the convenient carriage of mobile devices ? for static devices this limitation doesn?t.
    I might be off for a while, but I?ll try to keep on dropping occasionally, though, rather sporadically.

    Your site,btw, seems to delete all of the spostrophes(') from my postings
    Khushal69
  • RE: Cloud divide: senior executives want cloud, security and IT managers are nervous

    Your site somehow keeps on deleting all of the apostrophes(') from my postings.Are other users having the same or similar problems
    Khushal69
  • Both Device and Service Security Issues!

    Most of device and services security can be addressed through an embedded O.S (in EPROM), the Biometric Id in another Flash Rom, the Firewall in yet another ROM, and specialized id-servers for different services.

    The firewall would have to approve all changes to the O.S and pop-up a dialog for calls to routines (programs, DLLs, sys files, ini, inf, and config etc files) from non-Human Interface devices( from other programs). The Biometric ID could be derived from a complex mathematical functions performed on random values assigned to a person?s iris, veinal and fingerprint-Ids; electrical and magnetic signatures; and random voice-ids. Once the Id has been burned into the EPROM, all paths to it would be destroyed so that no one can copy the id. Different id-servers will have different versions of a person?s biometric-id to prevent abuse.

    The id servers or EPROMs would just return a result indicating a match or a mismatch, and never show the original id to prevent it from being copied.

    I have a whole lot more to post on this, but don?t have the time at the moment. I will, though, address the biometric-id schema along with the different security regimes in the most comprehensive manner possible
    Khushal69
  • RE: Cloud divide: senior execs want cloud, security IT managers nervous

    We did a similar, smaller survey last December in the Philippines and security tops the barriers to entry for cloud; we'll be publishing the results soon at our blogs.
    mlegaspi@...
  • Threshold for pain vs. productivity

    People choose convenience over security every day, so this is just another example. Most "cloud" benefits can be realized with on-premises virtualization, load-balancing, and multi-site backups, if you already have the hardware to host a virtual environment. The only real benefits of using a cloud service is its scalability, but many people end up only using a single VM instance. At that point, why bother? -- just stay with your existing on-premises systems and make them available via your own ISP and network management equipment.<br><br>However, for a start-up or low-budget new business, the cloud can offer a nice jump-start to productivity.<br><br>One of my university professors was really pushing the idea of choosing low-security and no patents on your innovation, since most ideas or products suffer from copy-cat theft long before a patent is even reviewed. On top of that, the product has usually run through its useful window of opportunity by the time a patent is approved, covering something that is no longer worth protecting.<br><br>So, using aggressive marketing and cloud-based services, you can immediately put your product or service in front of the public and monetize it before the copy-cats get up and running. Once it's apparent that they are overtaking your efforts, exit the market (or take your stuff open-source and ruin their day) and start again with another cloud-based offering. It's the only way to stay ahead of these robotic and unimaginative scum who steal the innovative effort of others. For this situation, the cloud becomes not only a business tool, but a weapon.
    Bit-Smacker
  • Cloud is too slow

    For me it is more a speed issue, we work in an engineering firm, we often deal with 100MB+ files (yes one file that size), something like this being in the cloud would be too slow to be usable, until this is addressed, I don't think we will be replacing our servers anytime soon.

    For email, across our organization we typically will recieve two-three gigabytes (or more) worth of email (including attachments) per day. Again, cloud based would cause significant slow downs.

    This is even with a 10 Mb/s up/down connection.
    cmwade1977
    • Depends on your tools

      @breeneng
      Citrix can smoothly stream 3D graphics and audio now -- it's not like it was 10 years ago. If you had your applications and files residing in a VPC, running the latest extremely efficient version of Citrix, it would actually be faster than loading them over your LAN -- and you could access them from any device, anywhere.
      Bit-Smacker
    • Speed

      @breeneng
      Yes, I agree. If you need LAN speed between your servers and workstations, cloud is not for you (at this time).
      PalKerekfy
      • OH OH OH... make IT fiber....

        @PalKerekfy

        YOU 22222 cheap to install Fiber... azz...

        Working in the Pink Diamond Mine.... large discovery....
        Create Chaos Pandoria13

        A very unique occurrence in nature has been found;
        analyzed; assessed; weighed; tested; enhanced;
        implemented and deployed in the pink diamond mine's of the Mainframes'.

        www.z390.org and www.zCOBOL

        zCICS; zVSAM; zSORT etc... etc... etc...

        read all about it !!!!!!!!!! Then Try IT !!!!!!!!

        Supporting Newest z196 instruction set execution through emulation x86 & x64 in JAVA

        Interfaced with IBM DB2 Express-C batch SQL capabilities; [ I actually help in doing some of this, really ]

        Deployed onto the CloudShare Pro CLOUD [ I actually DID this in Jan of 2011, really ]

        Running on Win & Linux or J2SE supported platform's

        100% JAVA Open Source... 100% F R E E ...

        caution... please, read the ton's and ton's of documentation provided, it saves you a lot of time...
        caution... please, ton's and ton's of examples, it saves you a lot of time...
        caution... please, join the group, and read all of the group posting's from the beginning, it saves you a lot of time...
        caution... please, ask questions, you will be amazed at the cut right to the chase on the subject requiring attention,
        it saves you a lot of time...
        caution... please, you might find yourself rummaging around the attic or garage for that dang old source code you developed back when,
        that may not save you time...
        caution... please, you might just actually save your company and you, very serious monies...
        caution... please, SHARE, share, ShArE, sHaRe...
        caution... please, introduce yourself, you just might find that Old Code Slinger Buddy from back a while ago, you forgot about...
        caution... please, don't take my word for it, that it WORK's, try it, you find a REAL BUG [$ 1.00 reward ],
        Mr. Don Higgin's will rule if it a BUG or NOT...
        caution... please, believe found myself doing that nasty bit fiddling thing again,
        and I can do that in xxxx instructions, like name that tune...
        caution... please, believe found bunche's of JAVA, IBM HLASM Assembler, COBOL, WIN, LINUX & etc........
        WIZARD's still exist, that were locked away in the back room like me.
        caution... please, O P E N S O U R C E is the only way to GO...
        caution... please, you can donate or not donate, that is entirely up to YOU...
        caution... please, it is advisable, to look out the window and see if the sun has risen...
        caution... please, Lot's of thing's to get involved with, no offer of assistance has ever been refused so far...
        caution... please, ... ... ... .... .... flower box's are still kool

        caution... please, Adviable to Display Entering Pink Diamond Mine Unlimited Work Zone Area...

        Pandoria13@hotmail.com

        2011 is gonna,,,,, Rock
        Page-Cray
    • RE: Cloud divide: senior executives want cloud, security and IT managers are nervous

      @breeneng

      YOU SIR ARE AN AZZ.....

      Working in the Pink Diamond Mine.... large discovery....
      Create Chaos Pandoria13

      A very unique occurrence in nature has been found;
      analyzed; assessed; weighed; tested; enhanced;
      implemented and deployed in the pink diamond mine's of the Mainframes'.

      www.z390.org and www.zCOBOL

      zCICS; zVSAM; zSORT etc... etc... etc...

      read all about it !!!!!!!!!! Then Try IT !!!!!!!!

      Supporting Newest z196 instruction set execution through emulation x86 & x64 in JAVA

      Interfaced with IBM DB2 Express-C batch SQL capabilities; [ I actually help in doing some of this, really ]

      Deployed onto the CloudShare Pro CLOUD [ I actually DID this in Jan of 2011, really ]

      Running on Win & Linux or J2SE supported platform's

      100% JAVA Open Source... 100% F R E E ...

      caution... please, read the ton's and ton's of documentation provided, it saves you a lot of time...
      caution... please, ton's and ton's of examples, it saves you a lot of time...
      caution... please, join the group, and read all of the group posting's from the beginning, it saves you a lot of time...
      caution... please, ask questions, you will be amazed at the cut right to the chase on the subject requiring attention,
      it saves you a lot of time...
      caution... please, you might find yourself rummaging around the attic or garage for that dang old source code you developed back when,
      that may not save you time...
      caution... please, you might just actually save your company and you, very serious monies...
      caution... please, SHARE, share, ShArE, sHaRe...
      caution... please, introduce yourself, you just might find that Old Code Slinger Buddy from back a while ago, you forgot about...
      caution... please, don't take my word for it, that it WORK's, try it, you find a REAL BUG [$ 1.00 reward ],
      Mr. Don Higgin's will rule if it a BUG or NOT...
      caution... please, believe found myself doing that nasty bit fiddling thing again,
      and I can do that in xxxx instructions, like name that tune...
      caution... please, believe found bunche's of JAVA, IBM HLASM Assembler, COBOL, WIN, LINUX & etc........
      WIZARD's still exist, that were locked away in the back room like me.
      caution... please, O P E N S O U R C E is the only way to GO...
      caution... please, you can donate or not donate, that is entirely up to YOU...
      caution... please, it is advisable, to look out the window and see if the sun has risen...
      caution... please, Lot's of thing's to get involved with, no offer of assistance has ever been refused so far...
      caution... please, ... ... ... .... .... flower box's are still kool

      caution... please, Adviable to Display Entering Pink Diamond Mine Unlimited Work Zone Area...

      Pandoria13@hotmail.com

      2011 is gonna,,,,, Rock
      Page-Cray
    • That's the thing....

      @breeneng You do not have to go pure cloud - you can have file servers or a SharePoint repository on premise while email and other services can be moved to the cloud.
      jessiethe3rd
  • same old arguments

    Those of us who are old enough remember when IT departments and senior execs pushed back against the PC too...
    dswhite
  • ....

    Plain and simple the cloud environment is not needed and is not safe enough for myself to reccomen or use. I want to control my data and storage and not leave all my valuable info to any other company but mine so no need to worry about who can access it or unknown crashes I myself can not tend to in a quick immediate way. Cloud just isnt for business use.
    Fletchguy
  • Cloud = higher quality and security at lower or same cost

    For me cloud is about economies of scale, ability to use experts that I couldn't afford otherwise. I don't need to worry about infratsructure that is out of our core business, and those that make a living out of it can do better. We don't run our own electricity plant, don't run trams, buses or trains. We don't run wires among our offices. We don't create private WAN to connect with tens of thousands of business partners and clients.
    It has to come one day that do not own the computers we use. Even more, we don't even need to know where they are located and who owns them. Why should we? Maybe not today but some day.
    PalKerekfy
  • Circular 13 ..... and join the Un-Employment line.... azz

    Working in the Pink Diamond Mine.... large discovery....
    Create Chaos Pandoria13

    A very unique occurrence in nature has been found;
    analyzed; assessed; weighed; tested; enhanced;
    implemented and deployed in the pink diamond mine's of the Mainframes'.

    www.z390.org and www.zCOBOL

    zCICS; zVSAM; zSORT etc... etc... etc...

    read all about it !!!!!!!!!! Then Try IT !!!!!!!!

    Supporting Newest z196 instruction set execution through emulation x86 & x64 in JAVA

    Interfaced with IBM DB2 Express-C batch SQL capabilities; [ I actually help in doing some of this, really ]

    Deployed onto the CloudShare Pro CLOUD [ I actually DID this in Jan of 2011, really ]

    Running on Win & Linux or J2SE supported platform's

    100% JAVA Open Source... 100% F R E E ...

    caution... please, read the ton's and ton's of documentation provided, it saves you a lot of time...
    caution... please, ton's and ton's of examples, it saves you a lot of time...
    caution... please, join the group, and read all of the group posting's from the beginning, it saves you a lot of time...
    caution... please, ask questions, you will be amazed at the cut right to the chase on the subject requiring attention,
    it saves you a lot of time...
    caution... please, you might find yourself rummaging around the attic or garage for that dang old source code you developed back when,
    that may not save you time...
    caution... please, you might just actually save your company and you, very serious monies...
    caution... please, SHARE, share, ShArE, sHaRe...
    caution... please, introduce yourself, you just might find that Old Code Slinger Buddy from back a while ago, you forgot about...
    caution... please, don't take my word for it, that it WORK's, try it, you find a REAL BUG [$ 1.00 reward ],
    Mr. Don Higgin's will rule if it a BUG or NOT...
    caution... please, believe found myself doing that nasty bit fiddling thing again,
    and I can do that in xxxx instructions, like name that tune...
    caution... please, believe found bunche's of JAVA, IBM HLASM Assembler, COBOL, WIN, LINUX & etc........
    WIZARD's still exist, that were locked away in the back room like me.
    caution... please, O P E N S O U R C E is the only way to GO...
    caution... please, you can donate or not donate, that is entirely up to YOU...
    caution... please, it is advisable, to look out the window and see if the sun has risen...
    caution... please, Lot's of thing's to get involved with, no offer of assistance has ever been refused so far...
    caution... please, ... ... ... .... .... flower box's are still kool

    caution... please, Adviable to Display Entering Pink Diamond Mine Unlimited Work Zone Area...

    Pandoria13@hotmail.com

    2011 is gonna,,,,, Rock
    Page-Cray
  • RE: Cloud divide: senior executives want cloud, security and IT managers are nervous

    A great resource for cloud security information and recent news about cloud technologies is ccskguide.org. It provides accurate information on securing the cloud, and helps prepare candidates for the CCSK Cloud Security Certification. The site also offers helpful practice tests, based on the CSA exam material.

    Check us out at:
    http://ccskguide.org
    CloudSecurityGuy