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November 14, 2011

Move to Cloud Communications Means Experimentation for Different Companies

By David Sims, TMCnet Contributing Editor

Industry observer Nancy Gohring recently took a look at the fact that with more and more businesses moving to the cloud, there are also a lot of different approaches being tried.

A recent worldwide survey of over 800 senior executives conducted by KPMG found that “41 percent of respondents said they are using or plan to use some kind of private cloud and 30 percent said they either are or have plans to use a public cloud,” according to Gohring.

So, should they build a private cloud? Or should they opt for a public offering? Maybe some combination of the above? Yes, yes and yes depending on your situation, is the advice dispensed by Rick Wright, head of KPMG's global cloud enablement initiative. He added that most companies end up with a sort of hybrid arrangement.

Gohring cites Wright’s advice that companies must consider how important to their businesses are the applications they want to move to the cloud, as well as other important factors such as “regulatory issues, required service levels, usage patterns for the workloads and how integrated the application must be with other enterprise functions,” in Gohring’s words.

If you’re in the pharmaceutical industry there are strict regulations, of course, and a private cloud might be beneficial. But, if your greatest priority is to bring a service to market quickly, if you don’t have a lot of regulatory hurdles to worry about and if you’re “using data that doesn't have to be tightly integrated with other parts of the business,” well, then according to what Wright told Gohring, maybe you can get away with a public cloud offering like Amazon Web Services (News - Alert), which offers a fast and easy way to get... uh, cloudy.

Oh, and good news for those of your worried about security. While it’s something to consider, cloud security has gotten a lot better and isn’t as much of a problem as it used to be, according to Wright. “Half of IT executives at companies where cloud is or will be adopted say security is the most important challenge or concern, compared with 42 percent of business unit executives surveyed, KPMG says. That's a dramatically smaller percentage of people concerned with security compared to a year ago,” Wright states.

A hybrid setup, using some private and some public cloud resources, works well to run an application primarily on a private cloud, Gohring says, “but rely on a public cloud service to accommodate for spikes in usage,” in a common setup.

David Sims is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of David’s articles, please visit his columnist page. He also blogs for TMCnet here.

Edited by Carrie Schmelkin
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