In the world of The New IP, enterprises today rely on the cloud more and more to run their businesses in order to optimize their network resources, manage their capacity, grow a collaborative workforce and better control their IT environments, according to recent research by Heavy Reading's Principal Analyst, Service Provider IT, Ari Banerjee. (See Why Hybrid Cloud Makes Sense.)
But coupled with that reliance comes myriad challenges, from security to flexibility to latency to how to cope with the plethora of clouds (public, private, hybrid and community) and maximize their cloud investments. (See Maximizing the Hybrid Cloud.)
To get a sense of what The New IP readers think on this topic, our latest poll asked "What is the biggest challenge service providers face to meet the needs of enterprise customers in the era of The New IP?" Interestingly, 41% of respondents said securing those hybrid, public and personal clouds was the number one challenge -- perhaps due to the high-profile enterprise security breaches hitting the headlines over the last year.
In addition, Heavy Reading's research shows that performance remains a big concern for large enterprises to run specific applications in a virtual environment, followed by stability and manageability. "Cloud computing providers have their work cut out to convince many organizations to move away from the traditional client/server architecture to the new virtual computing environment," wrote Banerjee in the blog post cited above.
Right behind security, respondents said the increasingly mobile enterprise was also a big concern with 24% of the vote, which was not a surprise considering mobile enterprise ties in security and performance concerns.
Twenty-one percent of respondents said web-scale IT is the biggest challenge. That was also not surprising as the selection included industrial data centers, web-oriented architectures, programmable management, agile processes, collaboration and a learning culture. As Banerjee said in his blog, all of these items are important.
"From managing internal business processes to interacting with business partners and customers, enterprises increasingly realize that in order to run their businesses economically they need to fundamentally change ways in which they operate their businesses in the connected IP world," he noted.
Second to last on the list was "Building the Clouds" with 7% of the vote, as most enterprises are focused on using the wide area network to integrate their private clouds with public clouds from companies such as Amazon Web Services Inc. as opposed to building their own.
Finally, the Internet of Things (IoT) came last with only 5% of the vote. While managing cloud resources is a focus right now, the Internet of Things is a speck on the horizon for enterprise IT but watch for that to grow in importance with research firm IDC predicting the IoT market will be an $8.9 trillion market by 2020.
For more details on enterprise cloud challenges, don't miss The New IP's upcoming Tune-In Tuesday Radio Show on November 18 with Level 3 Communications Inc. (NYSE: LVLT)'s Paul Savill, as he reveals the service provider's recent research on how enterprises are approaching cloud -- from where they are in the adoption process, to the major hurdles they are concerned about, to the current structure of their cloud ecosystem. As part of the research, Level 3 surveyed 200 IT professionals to find out about their approach to the cloud. Register for the show today and get your questions ready for the live chat after the show. (See Level 3 Reveals Enterprise Cloud Trends.)
For this week's new poll, I'm asking readers if they think there are too many NFV standards/open source groups, especially in light of the birth of yet another group as covered today on The New IP. (See ON.Lab's New SDN OS Gets AT&T, NTT Nod.)
Check it out and vote today.(See Open Source Overload?.)
— Elizabeth Miller Coyne, Editor, The New IP