Organizations Face Hurdles Deploying Clouds
These are heady days for the cloud, according to a recent survey from TheInfoPro/451 Research Market Monitor. There's considerable interest among organizations in launching internal cloud resources, as well as in deploying infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and software as a service (SaaS). Overall, the worldwide cloud market is growing at a 36 percent clip (as a compounded annual growth rate, or CAGR), and it's expected to reach $19.5 billion by 2016, according to the data. But IT departments face significant challenges along the way—and, unfortunately, many of them can't be dealt with by a crackerjack tech team. "Despite the associated growth opportunity [with cloud initiatives], there are major roadblocks," says Peter ffoulkes, the research director who covers cloud computing for TheInfoPro, a service of 451 Research. "For the most part, [the roadblocks] are not technology related and fall within the domain of people, process, policy and organizational issues, which are more complex to address." The research included the interview participation of 100 IT professionals and decision-makers.