The cloud bandwagon marches on and so do we along with it. Many of the F200 customers we work with to ensure the availability of their critical infrastructures are looking to adopt cloud in some way – whether private, public or hybrid. And, according to North Bridge’s Future of Cloud Computing Survey 2014, by 2017, the growth of workloads in cloud data centers will likely be five times the growth in traditional workloads. But while the shift to cloud is very real for cost and performance benefits, there are still many concerns to address before the cloud becomes mainstream. The move to the cloud can take years of planning and often involves complex technology as well as business and cultural decisions to determine which applications get moved, when, and how. To boot, guarantees that the cloud is reliable enough for enterprise-grade critical applications are just not there yet.

So, we are trying to change that and placing our bets on OpenStack®, the widely accepted framework that has all the benefits of an open source model without the shackles of vendor lock-in. We are addressing real problems to enable the deployment and management of mission critical workloads in cloud infrastructures and ecosystems that will accelerate the universal adoption of cloud.

Specifically, we are working on ways to:

  • Improve reliability and reduce the complexity of making applications cloud ready
  • Provide adjustable levels of availability on a per-application basis
  • Protect the cloud control plane and application workloads from failure

We’ll be unveiling new Software Defined Availability products this fall around the OpenStack Summit in Europe that will address availability in the data center, at the edges of the network where there is limited or no onsite IT support, and for the holy-grail – today’s unreliable cloud.

We’ll also be embarking upon a comprehensive eight week campaign through Twitter (#CloudFact) to raise awareness and call attention to some of the most critical cloud challenges facing businesses today. Join us by following #CloudFact and retweeting any facts that surprise you, or you feel your followers might not be aware of. By doing so, we’ll all be working together to bring the cold hard facts about the state of cloud and migration challenges to light and start thinking about ways to address them. We’ll also be highlighting public survey data sourced from other IT executives who are facing some of the same challenges you are. A sampling of stats and sources follows.

And, Rather than just present the problem, we’ll go a step further by also using our experience working with our customers to bring specific best practices to address these challenges and ensure your critical infrastructure continues to be reliable.

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#CloudFact

Concerns over expense of transitioning to the cloud have grown three-fold, from 6% in 2011 to 18% today.

1/3 cloud users cited performance of cloud services as a key barrier to migration.

89% of respondents using or evaluating cloud computing say they’re somewhat concerned, concerned, or very concerned about runaway cloud costs.

29% are still concerned about lock-in.

2014 is the first year the majority of workloads will be on the cloud, as 51% will be processed in the cloud versus 49% in the traditional IT space.

By 2016, the growth of cloud computing will increase to become the bulk of new IT spending.

Throughout the next five years, a 44% annual growth in workloads for the public cloud versus an 8.9% growth for “on-premise” computing workloads is expected.

80% of cloud adopters saw improvements within 6 months of moving to the cloud.

64% of respondents say cloud is faster when it comes to speed of delivery.

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Sources

Babcock, Charles. “Research: 2014 Cloud ROI Survey – InformationWeek Reports.” Research: 2014 Cloud ROI Survey – InformationWeek Reports. Information Week, 31 July 2014. Web. 25 Sept. 2014.

“Gartner Says Cloud Computing Will Become the Bulk of New IT Spend by 2016.” Gartner Says Cloud Computing Will Become the Bulk of New IT Spend by 2016. Gartner, 24 Oct. 2013. Web. 25 Sept. 2014.

“The Future of Cloud Computing: 4th Annual Survey 2014.” 2014 Survey Results. North Bridge Growth Equity Venture Partners, 19 June 2014. Web. 25 Sept. 2014.

Woods, Jack. “20 Cloud Computing Statistics Every CIO Should Know.” SiliconANGLE. N.p., Jan. 2014. Web. 25 Sept. 2014.

“2013 State of the Cloud Report.” Silver Linings and Surprises. CDW, Feb. 2013. Web. 25 Sept. 2014.