September 22nd, 2011 — 2:04pm
Some believe that the flexible nature of cloud computing is changing the dynamics of IT outsourcing.
In a new study from the K2 Advisory group, Chief Information Officers, world-wide, are increasingly adopting more flexible labor options.
“In particular [they] favour outcome-based contracts from firms supplying cloud services,” Dr Katy Ring, director of K2 Advisory, said.
“Whilst the theory is good, large scale uptake of these types of contracts is unlikely in the short term due to levels of vendor risk and lack of experience from both procurement and sourcing advisors.”
The study also points out that internal IT departments will still have a role. It will be their charge to ensure that cloud technologies actually are suited for the needs of their organization.
Nicola Mortimer, head of ICT and business development at O2, recently said that the cloud is changing business dynamics with a greater emphasis on flexibility and mobility.
Comment » | Cloud Computing, future, Studies
June 29th, 2011 — 9:03am
A new survey shows that even though CTO’s are showing broad interest in the cloud, mid-level technical engineers are showing a more tepid response to the idea of giving up full control to the public cloud.
Two main findings came out of the survey conducted by Cloud.com, Aenoss and BitNami. CTOs and executives are “gung-ho” about the cloud, and the myriad of benefits that it offers. And IT pros are not necessarily against the cloud, but there is trepidation in deploying to a *public* cloud infrastructure.
Other key points:
61% of organizations either have a cloud strategy in place, or are working on one.
20% Have cloud implementations already in place, and only 20% have no cloud plans whatsoever
70% chose to deploy to private cloud resources, 12% to public cloud
Cloud.com collected this data from over 500 IT users in the 2nd quarter of 2011.
What is striking is the trepidation against public cloud. It may be due to sheer lack of knowledge. On the other side, an example of going cloud in a big way is Wyoming. The state of Wyoming recently turned over much of its communication and collaboration infrastructure of its operations to the Google Cloud. Clearly this is a young and emerging sector, but it looks like public cloud is here to stay.
Comment » | Cloud Computing, Studies
June 23rd, 2011 — 8:58am
According to a new survey of 583 IT professionals conducted by the Ponemon Institute, and sponsored by Juniper Networks, over 90% of organizations have experienced at least one security breach in that past 12 months.
34% of respondents report “low confidence” in the ability of their organization to prevent future attacks.
89% did not know the origin of their security breach.
Strikingly, 41% of these breaches resulted in a financial impact of $500,000 or more.
For the full 25 page report, click here.
Comment » | Security, Studies