A recent study by Network Instruments shows that while cloud adoption is increasing, many IT managers are finding that there are a number of unique problems and issues that come with the service.
At the recent Interop networking event, the company surveyed network engineers, executives and IT managers and asked them about their use of cloud services over the past year. This marks the fifth time this survey has been conducted, and the results were somewhat surprising.
According to the data gathered, the adoption of cloud services has risen by 20 percent over the year before. Brad Reinbolt, a product marketing manager at Network Instruments, said that he was surprised at the level of increase seen over the course of a year, and believed that there would be more cautiousness in the market and among IT professionals.
Part of the reason for Reinbolt’s predicted cautiousness are a number of issues that have plagued the cloud since its inception – most notably troubleshooting and the performance of applications in the cloud.
60 percent of those who responded to the survey, were worried that cloud computing would come hand-in-hand with a lack of improvement or potential decline in troubleshooting, and just over half were concerned that the monitoring of applications would either stay the same or worsen.
Many of what Reinbolt calls “chatty apps” don’t function as well in a cloud environment as they did in a LAN situation, a problem that he likens to the spread of VoIP communications five years ago. Cloud technology has a great deal of potential benefit, and is seeing adoption commensurate with that benefit, but still requires a number of tweaks, upgrades and fixes before its full benefit is realized.