What IT Pros & Leaders Really Fear About Clouds
Remember when IT professionals voiced significant concerns about cyber-security and the cloud? Well, while data protection remains a key issue, a clear majority of these tech pros and C-suite executives now have a different kind of fear—the "fear of missing out" (FOMO)—with respect to the cloud, according to a recent survey from Commvault. The resulting report, "2017 Executive Cloud Survey: What IT Leaders Are Worried About," reveals that most survey respondents said it's challenging to keep up with the latest offerings from cloud providers. Information assurance also remains a key issue, as the majority said they have misgivings about whether they are able to quickly recover data from the cloud. Clearly, while cloud migration can present great opportunities for innovation, it's best to come up with a well-designed, long-range cloud deployment plan to ensure that IT investments are made wisely. "For companies of all sizes, cloud is no longer optional: It's a requirement in today's data-driven business landscape," according to the report. "To keep up, many companies have migrated quickly, without fully fashioning a strategy for their cloud deployment. As a result, businesses often find their lofty expectations are met by a cloud reality that is more difficult than anticipated. Many cloud adopters want the flexible, accessible data storage that the cloud provides, but end up facing data management problems. CIOs also often think the cloud will be more cost-efficient, but that isn't always the case." A total of 100 IT professionals and C-suite executives took part in the research, which was conducted by CITO Research.