The 2012 Cisco Global Cloud Networking Survey, which includes participants from more than 1,300 IT decision makers in 13 countries, was commissioned to measure the adoption of cloud services by IT professionals globally, while examining potential challenges to their cloud migrations. Below, we take a deeper look at some of the positive, negative, and strange aspects to come out of the survey.
On the positive side, 73% of respondents felt they have enough information to begin their private or public cloud deployments. This leaves 27% who claim to feel more knowledgeable about how to play Angry Birds than the steps needed to migrate their company to the cloud. While Angry Birds is a fun game to play, this wan’t the strangest result from this research.
Apparently, there is a term for the irrational fear of lightening. It’s called Astraphobia and given the survey results I am left wondering if certain groups of otherwise rational people suffer from it. One of the odder results from the survey found 24% of IT folks think they’re more likely to be struck by lightning than have their cloud applications breached by an unwanted third party. This leaves me wondering: What’s the term for a fear of cloud deployments? Also, who are these people?
Thinking about this 24% of IT folks who think they’re more likely to be struck by lightning than have their cloud applications breached, it doesn’t make sense. If you live in the US, you have a 1/775,000 (or 0.00129%) chance of being struck by lightning [and if you can find a reliable source for your chances for the rest of the world then bless you] however, I’d wager the likelihood of having your cloud applications breached is much higher. There were over 1000 reported security incidents last year according to DataBaseDB and using the US Census data, there were 2,884,580 companies with over 10 people in the US in 2009. Granted, we’re comparing apples, oranges, melons, and pineapples here using different years, but if the orders of magnitude for security incidents and companies holds, you have a reported incident for one in every 10,000 to 1,000 companies. Giving you odds of 77.5 to 775 of a security incident over being hit by lightning.
On a less silly note, only 5 percent of IT decision makers have been able to migrate at least half of their total applications to the cloud. By the end of 2012, that number is expected to significantly rise, as one in five (20 percent) will have deployed over half of their total applications to the cloud
One question in the survey asked respondents to choose the one application they’d move to the cloud, if they could only move one. They chose:
- Storage (25 percent)
- Enterprise resource planning (ERP) applications (20 percent)
- Email (16 percent)
- Collaboration solutions (15 percent)
However, when asked which applications have been moved, or are being planned for within the next year, they choose:
- Email and Web services (77 percent),
- Storage (74 percent)
- Collaboration solutions (72 percent)
It is interesting to note that the third on the list of “choose just one”, email, is first on the list of apps that have been moved to cloud. Perhaps there was more demand for email services at the time of deployment. Perhaps it was just easier. Clearly, cloud can cause extreme frustration and sometimes the preferred task -- deploying storage, for example -- isn’t the easiest task. On another silly note, 39 percent said they dread the network challenges associated with cloud deployments so much that they’d rather get a root canal, dig a ditch, or do their own taxes.
The video below is a sneak peek for CiscoLive featuring real IT folks handling stressful questions:
Finally, here is that Infographic that captures some of the more fun and interesting data from the Cisco Global Cloud Networking Survey: