Cloud computing transforming traditional IT

Information technology nonprofit CompTIA recently released findings of its third annual Trends in Cloud Computing study, finding that more than 80 percent of organizations polled currently use at least one type of cloud solution. In 2012, more than half of participants plan to increase cloud spending by at least 10 percent. While more businesses are planning to increase their IT budgets to support cloud initiatives, more respondents are optimistic about the technology than in previous years. The survey found that 85 percent of participants have a positive view of the cloud, compared to 72 percent that answered similarly in 2011. CompTIA noted that this trend is causing many IT and business departments to experiment with the different cloud solutions available, as well as rethink the traditional role of IT. Seth Robinson, CompTIA technology analysis director, noted these changes involve tweaks to policies and possible restructuring of IT departments. "Internal IT departments also are on the edge of major transformation," Robinson said. "The option for cloud solutions for various parts of the computing stack is opening the doors for IT professionals to perform new tasks, or at least perform old tasks in new ways. It's also creating new job roles and functions to more tightly integrate IT teams with lines of business." Private cloud adoption gaining traction Although many organizations are experimenting with the different types of cloud options, the private model, in particular, is becoming an even more popular option. The Uptime Institute recently surveyed 1,100 data center operators and vendors and found that one-quarter of participants are deploying public clouds, while nearly 50 percent are implementing private solutions. Compared to 2011, both technologies have seen an increase in usage, when only 16 percent and 35 percent of respondents answered similarly for public and private, respectively, according to the study. The Uptime Institute also said that 30 percent of survey participants are considering launching a public cloud, while 37 percent have plans in place for private clouds. Security is the No. 1 fear regarding the cloud, according to 64 percent of those surveyed. Nearly 30 percent named compliance and 24 percent cited total cost concerns. Businesses also worried about cloud performance issues can find comfort because there are options to address cloud health. For example, industry experts have encouraged companies to adopt cloud monitoring solutions to make sure the technology is always scaled properly to meet current demands.

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