Cloud up there with root canal, Cisco study finds

Challenges associated with cloud adoption make doing taxes look appealing

More than one-third of IT decision makers would rather get a root canal, dig a ditch, or do their own taxes than address network challenges associated with public or private cloud deployments. So says a Cisco survey released at Interop this week.

The 2012 Cisco Global Cloud Networking Survey found that 39% of 1,300 respondents said they dread network challenges associated with private or public cloud deployments. During the cloud migration process, data protection security was cited as the top network challenge or roadblock responsible for preventing a successful implementation of cloud services. Seventy-six percent predict their cloud applications are likely to be breached. The rest believe they're more likely to be struck by lightning than have their cloud applications breached by an unwanted third party.

After data security, availability/reliability of cloud applications, device-based security, visibility and control of applications across the WAN, and overall application performance were the chief concerns. Among the top barriers to keeping virtual desktop deployments from taking place, respondents cited cost as the primary obstacle, followed by bandwidth requirements, WAN latency, integration of native with virtual desktops, and the complexity of the deployment.

When asked the reason behind their move to the cloud, 52% of respondents claimed it was an imperative made by their business or CIO to in order to improve costs, productivity and agility; 41% said they're simply following the industry or their peers; and 30% are doing so because of customer requirements.

If given the choice of only being able to move one application to the cloud, most respondents would choose storage, followed by enterprise resource planning applications. When asked which applications have been moved, or are being planning to be moved to public or private clouds in the next year, the majority of respondents said e-mail and Web services, followed by storage, and then collaboration applications like Web conferencing and instant messaging.

Presently, only 5% of respondents have been able to migrate at least half of their total applications to the cloud, the Cisco survey found. By the end of 2012, that number is expected to reach 20% that have deployed over half of their total applications to the cloud.

Cisco predicts that more than 50% of computing workloads in data centers will be cloud-based by 2014, and that global cloud traffic will grow over 12 times by 2015, to 1.6 zettabytes per year.

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