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Will the Cloud Remain Cautious?

Monday 15 October 2018

Gartner has gone on record with predictions that enterprises will be cautious when it comes to the cloud. In the opinion of the research group “the journey to the Cloud is a slow, controlled process.” They mention colocation and hosting providers offering private and shared clouds as safe spaces, of sorts, to supply basic cloud capabilities and woo reluctant organizations into the arena.

IT is in a position of trying to have it both ways, using the cloud but keeping on-premises technology as well. In fact, a recent survey found such a hybrid approach characterizes 58% of organisations, with a remaining third of enterprises relying on 100% in-house technology.

Although few businesses expect to move cloud apps back to the data center, reservations about the cloud mean IT leaders aren’t rushing everything off-premises, either. In the “long live the data centre” camp, some industry insiders cite declining costs of IT hardware as a key point in favor of retaining some fully owned equipment.

Contrary to claims by a few “cloud only” advocates, IT executives who see the value in on-premises IT are not “server huggers” who can’t let go. The vast majority are realists who compare technologies on their merits and are perfectly happy to select the right one for the job.

Cautious or not, that’s just smart thinking—and we, like Gartner, expect it to continue.

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