A recent IT survey by Vanson Bourne showed that while 91% of those surveyed want a hybrid physical/virtual model for their technology infrastructure, seven of ten are concerned about the difficulty of managing such infrastructure in the long term. In some respects, this may be due to the overuse of the term cloud computing in the last few years and the fact that the term is in many cases seen to represent everything from SaaS to IaaS to PaaS – and not entirely without merit.
This confusion about just what the cloud represents means that companies are the position of having to determine what services they want and which ones fall into the category of the cloud. From there, many are concerned that they will not get the support they need in order to properly store, access and backup their data in the long term.
One solution that the study shows as being promising is a hosting solution for a company that is provided by a third party. This type of solution could allow a company to pick and choose the best cloud benefits for their system and their network, and then allow the provider to do most of the heavy lifting when it comes to maintenance and care. Most businesses and their IT departments have a high knowledge of the cloud computing industry, but remain concerned about issues like storage and security, to name a few. New solutions that involve more flexible providers and hypervisors with greater control over the entirety of VMs on a server may go a long way to alleviating the confusion that companies feel when it comes to cloud computing and give them a clearer path to using a cloud solution.