The “cloud” has become quite the buzz word and in all appearances truly loved by the marketing side of the fence also.  “Take it to the cloud.”  That is one of my favorite lines from a Microsoft commercial campaign that I think really shows how mainstream the cloud has become.   Facebook, iTunes, Twitter, Oxygen, Amazon and Acronis are all examples of different cloud services that I connect to on a regular basis. Services for the end users are becoming more and more abundant, which is absolutely fantastic for us, the consumer.

Is the corporate adaptation of the cloud moving at the same speed?   

No, I really do not think so yet.  Most new clients and projects, that I have been working on lately, have been virtual assessments and initial virtualization deployment.  I believe that most companies are more interested in expanding their own virtual presence or initial deployment, then offloading services to a 3rd party provider. That may really change with the SMB market but, I am not so convinced that the larger corporations are ready to migrate, just yet, from what I have seen so far.

So what is the hold up?

In my humble opinion it boils down to two main areas; security of the data and control of the resources. I know that cost can play a part especially with the SMB market and in fact know of one local government that decided it was more cost effective to migrate their email services to the cloud.  I have not talked to anyone from the agency to hear how things went but, it goes to show that smaller companies and governments agencies will have costs as one of their biggest concerns. For the larger companies the idea of having the data controlled by a 3rd party can be quite frightening for the security group.  Does the cloud provider have adequate controls in place to match the security requirements of the business? Is the data encrypted? Who has access to see my data? These are all questions that keep the security groups awake at night and shows the, year in review, trend to expand or deploy in house virtualization more often than migration to the cloud.

So with 2012 right around the corner, it should be an interesting year for the cloud as we see what new services are going to be available as well as to see what the corporate world trend for the cloud will be.

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Stephen Beaver is the co-author of VMware ESX Essentials in the Virtual Data Center and Scripting VMware Power Tools: Automating Virtual Infrastructure Administration as well as being contributing author of Mastering VMware vSphere 4 and How to Cheat at Configuring VMware ESX Server. Stephen is an IT Veteran with over 15 years experience in the industry. Stephen is a moderator on the VMware Communities Forum and was elected vExpert for 2009 and 2010. Stephen can also be seen regularly presenting on different topics at national and international virtualization conferences.

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2 comments for “Year in Review – Moving to the Cloud?

  1. December 11, 2011 at 12:33 AM

    I completely agree with your assessment on why corporates are not adopting cloud. The observation about SMB is interesting. I think even in the SMB market, companies with strict data security regulation,we will not see a quick adoption of cloud. I know of small insurance companies who want to move their email outside their firewall but don’t want to move it to any vendor who has a shared infrastructure and/or cloud setup. Control is another interesting issue but hasn’t been voiced so much yet. It maybe because the tires have not hit the road yet so we don’t know of much control related issues.

  2. sbeaver
    December 12, 2011 at 10:47 AM

    Good points manisha! I think it will very by company but the decision scale will have security on one side and cost on the other. I guess we will see which side tips.

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