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Cloud computing is a no brainer these days.You can’t find a startup or a young company that isn’t running their tech in the cloud.
Not so for the big companies — by a long shot. They are only now getting around to using the cloud and MANY of the people responsible for getting them there are still pretty clueless about it.
So finds a survey released by Cisco today. They asked 1300 IT professionals to rate how much their companies use cloud services run by the likes of Amazon, IBM or Microsoft.
The results were funny, or scary, depending on how you look at it.
- Almost one-third (31%) said they could train for a marathon or grow a mullet in a shorter period of time than it would take to move their company’s applications to the cloud.
- More than one quarter (27%) said they have more knowledge about Angry Birds—or know how to change a spare tire—than how to move their company’s network and applications to the cloud.
- Nearly one quarter (24%) think the odds are better for them to be struck by lightning than have their cloud applications suffer some big security nightmare, like a hacker getting access to their data.
- Nearly one quarter (24%) said that over the next six months, they are more likely to see a UFO, a unicorn or a ghost than to see their company’s cloud migration starting and finishing.
On the upside, it also means that about three-quarters of IT pros didn’t believe those things.
And on the more serious side, the survey found that there’s still a TON of money and opportunity to be made in moving enterprises to the cloud. Right now, only about 5% said that half or more of their apps were on the cloud. By the end of the year, about 20 per cent said they would have half or more apps on the cloud.
That means that 80% of companies still have most of their apps in their own data centre.