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Oracle study: Moving To IaaS is fundamental to remaining competitive

Research reveals benefits of Cloud Infrastructure established as a clear differentiator. A survey of 1,600 senior IT professionals explores the benefits and misconceptions surrounding IaaS adoption, according to latest Oracle survey.

2017-10-12 20:41:11

Four key attitudinal blockers
As they push to embed IaaS, IT professionals are most likely to be blocked by colleagues who are concerned about the security of the business' crown jewels—its most critical data. The study finds that they also face concerns about the technology becoming outdated, increases in complexity, and loss of control.

"The good news is that attitudes are changing. More recent adopters are less likely to have encountered negative attitudes about IaaS, suggesting that executives are finding IaaS to be more secure, flexible and compatible with existing systems than they once thought," the study reads.
While 54 percent of longer term users have been challenged by colleagues about IaaS complexity, just 43 percent of recent adopters have encountered this. A similar pattern emerges across all four main negative attitudes.

Data security: threat or best practice?
Information security is a board-level issue for most businesses today, so it is not surprising that some executives have had concerns about the robustness of IaaS. Yet the experience of longer term IaaS users suggests the technology ultimately makes a positive impact on security. Simply, the longer a business migrates to IaaS and works with it, the less likely it is to think of data security as a problem. Over time, businesses even start to think of IaaS as a security enabler rather than a risk: almost six in 10 (58 percent) experienced users say they consider IaaS to be best practice security for enterprise architecture.

Bridging the talent gap
Adopting IaaS requires new skills and may call for additional training or resources within IT teams. Half of all respondents say their IaaS adoption is being held back by IT teams that are more comfortable with on-premises architectures. A shortage of key skills and lack of experience could also explain why 49 percent think a customizable IaaS solution can cause more problems than it solves. Yet the skills gap may be declining. While 58 percent of experienced users say unprepared IT teams have held back IaaS, only 44 percent of recent adopters feel the same. Many will have taken steps to build the capability they need, which could have been enabled by the reduction in maintenance costs that IaaS creates.

The view on skills across EMEA
Of the EMEA respondents to our survey, the UK stood out as having had the most difficulty in building the capability needed to make the most of IaaS. The issue is not necessarily because their teams are more comfortable with on-premises architectures—as UK respondents appear less likely to flag this as an issue than their EMEA peers—but is primarily around skills. Redirecting the savings made by IaaS elsewhere could help fill this gap.

Conclusion: An evolving technology in the landscape
Our research tells an intriguing story about IaaS and its place in a business technology landscape which is still evolving. While concerns and preconceptions still exist, we find these drop off as businesses adopt the technology and encounter its benefits first-hand. Overall, IaaS is much easier to embed than some in the past have suggested: indeed, almost two thirds (64 percent) of experienced users say migration has been easier than expected. We would anticipate the picture will become even more positive as more and more businesses embrace the advanced IaaS solutions now entering the market.


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