CIOs Have Stopped Fighting the Cloud

Posted by Zarathustra 1:32 PM (CDT)

Friday May 19, 2017

Infoworld has an article up suggesting that CIO's who once were skeptical of migrating their IT infrastructure to "the Cloud" have either given up fighting, changed their minds or have been fired, as CEO's and boards have pressed for the additional cost savings that can be achieved my migrating to external cloud providers. In the UK more than 9 in 10 CIO's now have plans to move their infrastructure to external cloud providers in the next 5 years, and somehow Infoworld thinks this is "good news".

Personally, I feel like moving your organizations key data and IT infrastructure to an external system you don't fully control and thus can't (or at least shouldn't) trust is a blunder of epic proportions, regardless of how much money can be saved. "The Cloud" is arguably one of the worst ideas in tech of the last decade, and it is sad to see so many organizations overly eager to embrace it. After all, there is no "cloud". It's just someone else's computer. Just like how many organizations who outsourced their IT and support to low cost countries have had a change of heart and are bringing it back home due to unexpected complications and costs, I expect the same will happen when it comes to the "cloud" in the not too distant future.

I guess some people just have to learn the hard way.

The stated driver for the shift was mostly cost savings, cited by 61 percent. A close second was scalability, at 60 percent. Solving that pesky business agility problem came in at 51 percent. A bit less than half (49 percent) said that outplacing existing infrastructure (such as storage and compute) was the primary driver for migrating to the cloud. Indeed, more than half of CIOs said the complexity of their existing IT infrastructure was causing too much latency.