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Moving to Cloud computing is harder, costlier than originally envisioned

Problems with getting on the Cloud are many and varied, according to businesses

A substantial number of businesses say Cloud computing security challenges are daunting and the costs higher than they originally thought they would be, according to the Cloud Survey report published to by consultancy KPMG International.

The study indicates that one-half of the 650 respondents said their organizations already make use of the Cloud for business processes. Two of the main reasons given for moving to cloud-based services were to make it easier to enter new markets and drives process transformation. But one-third said the cost of moving to the cloud were higher than expected, mainly because they belatedly discovered that it involved more changes in their existing business and IT architectures than they'd originally recognized.

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The problems they encountered included failure to address changes that were needed in business-process redesign, IT management capabilities, systems integration, infrastructure and various IT "configurations" involved in the transition process, the report notes. Many indicated their misconceptions about what adopting cloud-based services would mean arose due to vendor "hype" and confusion.

For one-quarter of the companies that participated in the survey, the security-related challenges were seen as "extensive" and in general an area where business executives and IT needed to work more closely together to create a cloud-security strategy. However, according to the report, regulation itself did not appear to be a major hindrance to cloud adoption in many cases.

Ellen Messmer is senior editor at Network World, an IDG publication and website, where she covers news and technology trends related to information security. Twitter: @MessmerE. Email: emessmer@nww.com.

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Rob livingstone

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A result not unexpected. The assymetry of percieved success of enterprise cloud (not just installing gmail and calling your enterprise 'cloud') has been fuel to the hype pyre. For those who have been working 'under cover' helping organisations systematically assess the merits of transitioning to an enterprise cloud have known this for some time. Success is assured for those approaching cloud without an emotive or religious-like zeal who understand the true meaning of due diligence. I'll like to believe that success is inevitable in cloud, if organisations spend time doing their homework.

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