Cloud sector evolution leads to stricter oversight

February 19, 2015

As the cloud becomes a bigger part of business operations across the globe, tech engineers are constantly retooling their services for greater optimization and compatibility. Yet no matter the developments, cloud computing usage continues to grow swiftly.

The ascent of the cloud sector has created a wide range of employment opportunities for tech engineers and IT managers. And as these same workers develop more proficient forms of cybersecurity, chief executives worldwide will increase their dependence on the cloud and, in turn, IT workers as well.

The state of the cloud market
Rightscale, a cloud portfolio management firm, recently announced the results of its 2015 State of the Cloud Survey and found that 93 percent of respondents are using or experimenting with an infrastructure as a service form of cloud computing. Meanwhile, 82 percent of enterprises have established a hybrid cloud strategy, marking an 8 percent increase from the previous year. The survey also noted that 88 percent of organizations use public cloud services, while 63 percent of respondents use private cloud.

When it comes to public cloud services, Amazon Web Services continues to be the market leader. AWS pulls in 57 percent of the market, the survey found, and 50 percent of enterprise respondents.

“The tide of enterprise cloud adoption has shifted from shadow IT to strategic adoption led by central IT teams,” said Michael Crandell, CEO of Rightscale. “As enterprise IT has become more open to public cloud and more comfortable with cloud security, it is now in a strong position to broker cloud services to internal customers and drive cloud adoption forward. In the next year, organizations expect to shift more workloads to cloud, with public cloud workloads growing faster than private cloud.”

A shift to more stringent cloud policies
In the earliest stages of cloud computing, businesses were able to take advantage of unlimited access to public cloud services. However, according to Tech Target, unpredictable costs, a lack of visibility, management difficulties and lapses in security have resulted in stricter cloud policies across the board.

“It didn’t become apparent for over a year – the time it took for a budget cycle. And then, the [chief information officer] had to explain to the [chief financial officer] why we were over budget and why the available budget for infrastructure projects wasn’t there,” an infrastructure capacity management specialist with a global entertainment firm told the news outlet.