Executives using public cloud to dodge IT rules

Three-quarters of senior executives think the public cloud is a way to get the IT they need without having to adhere to IT policy, according to research

Three-quarters of senior executives think the public cloud is a way to get the IT they need without having to adhere to IT policy, according to research.

Furthermore, almost 60% of companies are already bypassing IT to use public cloud services.

The research of more than 300 enterprise infrastructure executives and architects, which was commissioned by BMC and carried out by Forrester, revealed that executives pushing for public cloud applications realise there are security risks attached to them.

According to the research, 73% of high level executives see public cloud as a way to circumvent IT, even though 65% agree that public cloud services do not provide adequate security controls.

The survey revealed that CIOs are substantially more likely to strongly agree that the business thinks cloud computing means it is not as dependent on IT.

Cloud adoption a priority

The research found that the use of public cloud services has become ubiquitous and that most firms are planning to run mission-critical workloads on them.

 “Business demands for easier, faster and more flexible IT services are driving this behaviour, and IT organisations can’t afford to respond sluggishly, even while pursuing simplification and cost reduction objectives," the Forrester report stated. 

"CIOs sense the competitive pressure that cloud is applying to their organisation and are prioritising the creation of a comprehensive cloud strategy for their firms in the coming year,” it said.

73% of high level executives see public cloud as a way to circumvent IT, even though 65% agree that public cloud services do not provide adequate security controls

Other findings

58% of businesses run mission-critical workloads today in the unmanaged public cloud, regardless of policy. 

Forrester said: “Our survey suggests that the business is going around IT to get public cloud services today, regardless of policy, and IT leaders perceive this as a major contributor to complexity. The need for fast, flexible, and highly available services is a major business driver for public cloud adoption.”

79% plan to run mission-critical workloads on unmanaged public cloud services in the next two years. 

Forrester said: “Today, only 36% allow this; the large increase indicates IT acknowledgement that public cloud use can’t be effectively stopped and may even have benefits in certain situations.”

39% reported five or more virtual server pools, and 43% reported three or more hypervisor technologies. 

Forrester said: “IT is struggling with significant complexity, and according to the study, this is not likely to change in the next two years. Not surprisingly, our study also found cost reduction to be the top IT priority in the next 12 months, with complexity reduction the top strategy for achieving savings.”

71% think that IT operations should be responsible for public cloud services. 

Forrester said: “While struggling with complexity, almost three out of four respondents thought that IT operations should be responsible for ensuring that public cloud services meet their firm’s requirements for performance, security and availability.

72% of CIOs believe that their business sees cloud computing as a way to circumvent IT. 

Forrester said: “The simultaneous pull of cost reduction and simplification in one direction and better, cheaper, faster in the other is putting a strain on IT’s ability to meet expectations. CIOs are concerned that cloud provides their business a way around IT, which undermines the strategic partnership they are trying to build with business leaders.”

 

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