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What's holding back the cloud industry?

Brandon Butler | Oct. 30, 2013
Cloud enthusiasts blame processes, not technology.

It's more than just technology
Bernard Golden, VP of Enterprise Solutions for Enstratius, a Dell company

The biggest inhibitor to more prevalent cloud computing adoption is that organizations are still holding on to their legacy processes, says Golden, who recently authored the Amazon Web Services for Dummies book. It's not just about being willing to use new big data apps, and spin up virtual machines quickly. It's the new skill sets for employees, technical challenges around integrating an outsourced environment with the current platform, and building a relationship with a new vendor. "For people to go beyond just a small tweak, there needs to be a significant transformation in many areas of the organization," he says. "Each time there is a platform shift, established mechanisms are forced to evolve."

Regulatory compliance
Andy Knosp, VP of Product for open source private cloud platform Eucalyptus  

One of the biggest hurdles for broader adoption of public cloud computing resources continues to be the regulatory and compliance issues that customers need to overcome, Knosp says. Even if providers are accredited to handle sensitive financial, health or other types of information, there is "still enough doubt" by executives in many of these industries about using public cloud resources. Many organizations, therefore, have started with low-risk, less mission critical workloads being deployed to the public cloud. Knosp says the comfort level for using cloud resources for more mission critical workloads will grow. It will just take time.


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