Most Companies Deploy Clouds but Concerns Persist
Almost all IT leaders view the shift from on-premises computing to cloud computing as a positive trend that is likely to accelerate in the coming years. But the growth and sprawl—having multiple departments deploy disparate hosted services—have left many IT executives and professionals feeling out of control and looking for consolidation. Those were among the key findings of a recent survey of 1,527 IT professionals and executives who approve and/or implement cloud strategies. The "2017 Cloud Adoption Survey" by Evolve IP shows that businesses today have an average of more than four major services in the cloud, including servers, data centers, disaster recovery, call centers and more. "Cloud sprawl makes the job of IT pros much harder by having company data, possibly unsecured, stored across various cloud platforms," observed Tim Allen, chief sales and marketing officer for Evolve IP. "There's a potential cost to that." Data security is a concern, but about half the survey group felt that a private cloud is actually more secure than on-premises and public cloud options. To stop cloud sprawl before it gets out of control, the majority of respondents—nearly 7 in 10 executives and just over half the IT professionals—would like to have a partner that can deploy multiple cloud servers. Allen agreed: "With more companies putting their services into the cloud, having a unified approach is key."