A group of Interop attendees were recently asked a number of questions by ScienceLogic – an IT operations and cloud management company – about their current cloud use and plans for the future. While the poll was informative and quite small, using only 150 respondents – the numbers generated were quite interesting. First, and what is good news for cloud providers everywhere – 70 percent of those who answered the poll said that they were either using cloud services of some kind or were planning to in the near future. What was more interesting was that nearly the same amount expressed concerns about their ability to manage the performance of their cloud.
Poll responders also said that they would be more likely to keep their existing staff than hire new ones to deal with cloud IT challenges, and that they’ll likely use tools that they have on-site to try and manage, monitor and control cloud use. What’s telling is that 70 percent said they didn’t yet have a viable tool for managing this kind of performance, or were unsure about the one that they were currently using.
For budding cloud and IT providers, this could be better news.
Right now, cloud and virtual performance monitoring are hot topics in the IT industry. Old methods of doing things don’t work because of the partitioned nature of servers, and the fact that management programs can only “see” the server they are on. New tools are now being developed to better discover, map and monitor components and their interactions, giving businesses a leg up when it comes to understanding their own cloud metrics. This is a field in development, however, and one that the impromptu poll shows has a long way to go yet.