Weekly CloudNews: Research Reveals Roadblocks for Cloud Implementations

Welcome to this week’s edition of CloudBolt’s Weekly CloudNews!

Earlier this week, we looked at the best features for cloud orchestration software and the best platforms for cutting cloud costs.

We’ve also recently posted a brand new whitepaper, The Only Kubernetes Starter Guide You’ll Ever Need. Download it here.

With that, onto this week’s news:

How distributed cloud will affect data center infrastructures in 2020 and beyond

Scott Matteson, TechRepublic, May 4, 2020

“The COVID-19 worldwide pandemic taking place this spring truly demonstrates the value of cloud services combined with remote access to support businesses and workers who can’t operate in on-premises environments. Distributed cloud services in particular stand poised to become the true foundation of efficient and well-managed business operations.

Distributed cloud, according to Gartner, ‘is the distribution of public cloud services to different physical locations, while the operation, governance, updates and evolution of the services are the responsibility of the originating public cloud provider.’

Bindu Sundaresan, director of AT&T Cybersecurity, Ankur Singla, CEO of Volterra, a distributed cloud service platform, and a few other industry experts provide their takes on what’s happening in this space.”

Need for Increased Training — Strained Budgets Strain Enterprise IT Teams

George Hulme, DevOps.com, May 4, 2020

“As enterprises have increasingly embraced cloud, hybrid IT environments and DevOps methodologies, many of the old siloes associated with IT departments have crumbled—while demand for training and skills that reflect new technology requirements have risen considerably.

This new reality was reflected in the findings of a new survey from IT management software provider SolarWinds, and was published in the SolarWinds IT Trends Report 2020. While the survey was conducted prior to the novel coronavirus pandemic, the results highlight the challenging environment IT departments faced as they headed into the current economic and operations challenges.

The survey found that the top three ways enterprise technology professional roles are changing include the need to retrain existing staff (43%), increased on-premises responsibilities (40%) and increased work week hours (37%). Concurrently, those IT professionals surveyed cited lack of budget and resources (36%), unclear or shifting priorities (23%) and lack of training for personnel (12%).”

Real people, in the thick of cloud implementations, reveal surprising insights

Deepak Belani, CIO, May 1, 2020

“Leading IT research and advisory company, 451 Research, recently surveyed 1,000 enterprise IT decision-makers to gain insights into their experiences using public and private cloud. The survey respondents were intimately involved with cloud technology – C-level executives and IT managers who were in the thick of things, directly responsible for cloud implementations. And their responses reveal surprising insights into what is happening today … and what enterprises need as they move forward.

According to the survey, a large number of respondents are pleased with their experiences in the public cloud; the most appealing factors are scalability and provisioning. The most complaints revolve around startup costs, utilization, and cost reduction.

However, decision-makers reveal that two-thirds of enterprise workloads are still located on premises. And according to another key 451 report, the number of enterprises choosing private cloud as their venue of choice for core business functional was expected to grow from 19% to 27% in the next two years. These trends are explained by analyzing practical needs: enterprises continue to choose on-premises deployments due to security, data protection, and compliance issues.”

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