As IT organizations gear up for 2015 a new survey from NaviSite, a cloud service provider owned by Time-Warner Cable, finds that building the private cloud using infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) services is now a top priority for IT organizations in the U.S.
Despite all the focus on public cloud services, it’s clear that IT organizations have a strong preference for private clouds. Naturally, those private clouds can be built on top of IaaS offerings from the top four cloud service providers. But at least half the market appears to prefer IaaS offerings that provide greater levels of support than what is normally made available by the leading public cloud service providers.
Security is also a major factor. Nearly 100 percent of U.S. respondents expressed some level of concern in securing enterprise data, with nearly half (48 percent) citing it amongst their top three concerns. The survey also found that security is also a priority for organizations look at migrating IT workloads to either an IaaS model (61 percent) or when considering colocation services (58 percent).
Of course, IT organizations can opt to build private clouds running on-premise. But the cost advantages and agility provided by relying on IaaS platforms are too great to ignore. In addition, most internal IT organizations are short on skills when it comes to the expertise required to actually build a private cloud.
In general, IT companies are clearly becoming more comfortable with IaaS. Given the number of applications they are now routinely being asked to manage, IaaS enables them to divert resources away from building and managing infrastructure in order to apply them to building and managing applications. After all, it’s the applications that add the actual value to the business. All the business is requiring of IT is that they find a way to support more applications without increasing overall IT costs in the form of additional IT headcount.
Naturally, more reliance of IaaS also creates demand for increased managed services. For IT service firms the amount of infrastructure moving into the cloud might create some short term challenges in terms of lost infrastructure revenue opportunities. But at the same time, as the number of workloads in the cloud continues to grow, it’s clear that IT organizations are looking for more help than ever to manage those applications.
In the meantime, it’s pretty clear at this point that cloud computing in all its forms is moving into the IT mainstream. That means the opportunities for IT services should be just as varied as there are types of cloud computing scenarios not only now, but through the rest of decade as well.