Shadow IT: Rampant, Pervasive, and Explosive!
When wireless for LAN burst onto the scene, companies were a lot slower than their employees to embrace it. Employees didn’t want to be tied to their desks. So they brought in their own wireless access points, stashing them under desks and in conference rooms. Soon companies began realizing they had a big mess of […]
Cloud Adoption is Growing. So What Now?
There is no denying it cloud has moved beyond buzzword and become a key foundation element for over 40% of enterprise organizational strategies. Making the decision to “go cloud” is the easy part. Figuring out how to optimize and deliver on your cloud strategy is another discussion. The “first wave to cloud” was focused on operational […]
Cloud Adoption Today: A View of Cloud Maturity for IT Organizations
By Robert Mahowald, IDC Program Vice President, SaaS and Cloud Services We recently surveyed more than 3,450 executive-level IT decisionmakers in 17 countries to find out their future plans and current state of cloud adoption. What we discovered is pretty remarkable. According to IDC’s CloudView Survey, 57% of organizations are already using or planning to […]
Cut Your Risks & Costs By Reducing Redundant Cloud Services
How crazy is this? We’ve found that large organizations on average use 172 compute, 157 marketing and sales and 62 finance services from the cloud. Some organizations use nearly double these amounts! Simply put, as businesses groups control more IT spend and purchase more cloud services, cloud sprawl is skyrocketing. A large organization now uses […]
Gain Intelligence From Cloud Sprawl
Co-authored with Robert Dimicco Senior Director, Advanced Services How many cloud services do you think your enterprise uses? You’ll be surprised: businesses use ~10-15 X more cloud services – unknowingly. This is what we call ‘cloud sprawl,’ because there are too many cloud services in a given environment and not enough visibility or control […]
Overcoming Cloud Jargon
These are three conversations that I had recently with a partner, a customer, and a Cisco executive (not necessarily in this order): “Cloud refers to only private and hybrid cloud, right?” “I thought infrastructure-as-a-service is public cloud, not software-as-a-service.” “We know how much public cloud we are using because we know what infrastructure-as-a-services we are […]
Get Your Cloud Assessed – And Better Manage It Too
In the last two years, we’ve used Cisco Cloud Consumption Assessment and helped many customers discover and understand their cloud services, costs and security risks. The results are surprising! On average, enterprises use nearly 675 cloud services, have much more risk controls needing attention, and use the same cloud services across multiple categories like compute […]
Three Hybrid Cloud Applications That Make it Worth the Fuss…
So you thought that cloud was the fad of the day. But it stuck. Now you hear all the fuss about hybrid cloud. Even the die-hard cloud fanatics who believed that the only cloud had to be in the public cloud, have conceded that folks need hybrid cloud – a seamless application environment across on-premise […]
How Do You Protect Your Business If Your Cloud Service Provider Fails?
By the end of this year, Gartner predicts 1 of 4 cloud service providers (CSPs) will no longer be in business due to consolidation or lack of funding. Based on the explosive growth of cloud use, you are likely using SaaS to support business critical functions and IaaS compute or storage services from the cloud. […]