Cloud Costs, Consumption Still Unclear to Businesses
According to the survey findings, almost all participants stated public cloud cost and consumption information should be shared with the business.While public cloud usage is growing, specifically for business applications, many IT organizations remain in the dark about how to allocate cloud costs and consumption back to the business. This was among the findings of a Dimensional Research survey of nearly 350 IT professionals, which was sponsored by hybrid cloud analytics software specialist Cloud Cruiser. The study found that 85 percent of respondents believe it is valuable to share cloud consumption metrics with the business, but 42 percent continue to find it difficult to properly allocate public cloud usage and costs. "There are three major potential stumbling blocks for businesses when it comes to cloud technology," Andrew Atkinson, senior director of product marketing at Cloud Cruiser, told eWEEK. "The first, albeit fading, is the perception of security risk. Most industry analysts agree that public cloud platforms are at least as secure, if not more so, than the typical corporate datacenter, so this former boulder in the way of adoption has been reduced down to pebble size."
Atkinson explained a second stumbling block can be the effort involved in shifting workloads and applications that are currently running in the data center to the cloud.