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Despite challenges, businesses can still adopt cloud successfully

Cloud computing set up shop in the IT industry in a big way recently, enabling companies of all sizes to adopt services and solutions without forking over most of their annual budgets. Although the pricing of the technology is right, there are still some persistent issues that keep organizations from maximizing their investments in these scalable environments.

An Oracle-commissioned survey conducted by IDG Connect discovered 36 percent of businesses expect to adopt hybrid cloud models for their next implementation, compared to 32 percent of respondents that expect to do the same for private services and 17 percent for public solutions.

The study also found that 55 percent of organizations still have data security concerns when using the cloud. Another 47 percent are fearful of integration challenges, while 45 percent said a lack of available skill sets is problematic and 44 percent cited hardware expenses as worrisome.

"Companies still cite some challenges with their cloud environments."

John Abel, senior director at Oracle, said the increased adoption of cloud computing has resulted in more attention paid toward critical challenges, including security, scalability and systems integration.

"Our survey shows however, that as the hybrid cloud evolves into the core approach for businesses the platform grows in importance, providing as it must the ability for businesses to move from private to public cloud and back seamlessly and securely," Abel explained.

Cloud computing advancing

Bob Johnson, vice president and principal analyst at IDG Connect, said Software-as-a-Service solutions have usually been at the forefront of cloud migrations. Looking ahead to the next two years, he indicated Database-as-a-Service and Platform-as-a-Service offerings will be more crucial deployments. This shows that the overall cloud industry is maturing.

"Given this rapid development in cloud capability, it's likely that 2017 will see widespread use of cloud-based platforms and tools - increasingly delivered over hybrid architectures - to develop and test transformational business applications," Johnson suggested.

Successful deployments can mean a world of benefits

With cloud computing evolving rapidly, businesses that lack the proper support before, during and after launching cloud environments will be unable to maximize their use of these scalable solutions. Firms that do will be in position to take full advantage of the technology's capabilities.

A Tata Communications survey found a vast majority - 85 percent - of companies believe cloud computing has succeeded living up to the hype bestowed on the service. Almost 25 percent of participants indicated these solutions have exceeded their expectations. Overall, 83 percent of companies have achieved advantages they were not expecting, with nearly two-thirds stating data accessibility was one such capability. Another 63 percent cited cost-efficiency, eWEEK reported.

Additionally, the cloud will become a central tool for storing critical assets. Tata Communications found 28 percent of storage is currently cloud-based. By 2024, this figure is projected to total 58 percent.

In an interview with eWEEK, John Hayduk, chief technology officer of Tata Communications, noted some organizations face network-related issues with their cloud platforms.

"Whether that is a private cloud or public, either requires the network to be the 'glue' that holds the cloud together," Hayduk told the eWEEK. "So getting the network to have the necessary performance and uptime is critical to making the cloud platform work."

Businesses that want to cross all their Ts and dot all of their Is when planning their next cloud deployment can receive support for every step from Summit 7 Systems. Whether companies are assessing, migrating or require ongoing operational assistance for their cloud processes, Summit 7 Systems has the expertise and resources to help firms conquer their cloud mountains.

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