A recent survey done by Symantec has shown that IT and executives are often looking at the potential benefits of cloud computing in very different ways – slowing overall adoption.
According to John Magee, VP of virtualization and cloud solutions at Symantec, “moving to the cloud is a complex evolution for many companies and it’s essential that IT and executives are aligned on initiatives”. Magee further states that a seamless move to a new cloud environment from a VPS or hybrid option is absolutely critical in getting the best that these new technological environments have to offer.
But while strategies to move can be defined, and proper procedure can be followed, it is the expectation of what new virtualized technology will do that can provide the biggest stumbling block for non-IT execs. Without the perspective to fairly evaluate new IT options, these execs often show a far greater gap in their expectations than do their IT counterparts, and almost half of CFOs surveyed say they are less than “somewhat open” to moving any critical infrastructure to cloud environments.
The survey showed that only a four percent gap existed between the expectations of IT execs and the delivered reality when it came to private or hybrid cloud developments, and while storage, desktop and application deployments showed a larger gap in expectation and reality (33 and 26 percent, respectively), much of this can be attributed to a lack of familiarity on the part of IT to new technology, along with the need for more mature solutions.
Symantec’s survey indicates that while the benefits of virtualization are rapidly increasing, IT and non-IT execs need to forge a better understanding in order to allocate sufficient resources for maximum cost savings.