Cloud adoption may be on the rise, but organizations are struggling to make the most of it, often underestimating the time and cost required to maintain resources in the cloud and failing to put long-term plans in place to manage workloads effectively.
According to a report released Wednesday by Logicworks and Wakefield Research, 43 percent of IT decision makers believe that their organization’s IT workforce is not prepared to address the challenges of managing their cloud resources over the next 5 years.
To help with cloud management and offset challenges in hiring the right IT personnel, businesses can turn to outsourced help to reduce the risk of automating cloud deployments, the report says.
“Given the significant time and resources associated with cloud transformation initiatives, enterprises need to have a long-term IT operations plan which includes both migration and maintenance strategy,” Stephanie Tayengco, SVP of Operations, Logicworks said in a statement. “To best leverage cloud investments while improving operations and performance, part of that strategy should be automation of repeat tasks to enforce best practices. Enterprises can drive operational agility by freeing up scarce, overburdened engineers to concentrate on innovation and growth-related activities without sacrificing infrastructure performance, security or availability.”
1. Afraid of Automation
While on average, 43 percent of a company’s cloud applications and infrastructure are automated, only 16 percent have automated the majority (between 75 – 100 percent) of their company’s total cloud setup. According to the report, factors that were holding back adoption of automation included security concerns and cost concerns (51 percent and 43 percent, respectively), as well as a lack of expertise among staff (37 percent).
Of course, since LogicWorks provides cloud automation services, it makes sense that it would be an advocate for increased automation.
2. Fear of Vendor-Lock In
More than three-quarters of decision makers believe that concerns around vendor lock-in are preventing their organizations from maximizing cloud resources. According to the report, “worries about vendor lock-in prevent enterprises from using the full range of cloud tools, which means that enterprises bring their custom, in-house tools (CDN, database, push notifications) to their cloud deployments.”
3. Downtime Recovery
The average time to completely recover from an issue causing downtime for cloud services is almost an entire workday – 7 hours. Thirty-six percent of organizations take 1-4 hours to completely recover, 23 percent take 5 – 8 hours to completely recover, and 15 percent don’t recovery fully for 9 or more hours.