Just a few blog posts ago, I was discussing how companies looking to adopt cloud computing might look to virtualization for lessons on how to get what they want from the cloud. I mentioned that in the not-too-far-off future, we could see the development of "edge servers" which would enable companies to seamlessly integrate real utility computing into their IT systems by maximizing local and web-based resources.
But we're not quite there yet.
An excerpt from Virtually Speaking's Cloud Survey Results:
“As attractive a concept as cloud computing is, the survey results show that IT groups are being very hard-eyed about practical issues before they put serious resources into it,” said ITIC Principal Laura DiDio. “They need to know that cloud environments are reliable and fault tolerant before entrusting them with strategic data and applications.”
Closely related to data integrity were concerns about unscheduled downtime. More than half (52 percent) of respondents can’t accept downtime for contracted services, and 43 percent want outclauses and penalties to discourage downtime.
These are practical concerns around reliability and security that the cloud will have to address before we see wider adoption among mainstream corporations.
Vaclav Vincalek August 14th, 2009 09:00:00 AM