Back in 2009, Rackspace did a cool survey to find out what IT professionals were thinking and to test their knowledge on cloud computing. The results were interesting and sometimes shocking, with one-in-five surveyed not even knowing what cloud computing is. This year, they dove back in and, well, things aren’t looking that good. From Rackspace’s summary of the survey:
Though the data does imply that the outsourcing of servers and cloud computing is now more visible and is being entertained by a greater number of organisations, it suggests that there has not been a significant uptake of the technology. However, IT decision-makers tell us that managing their servers in-house is proving more troublesome than ever and the general environment looks poised and ready for an increase in uptake.
In 2012, less than half say that they always get their server planning right, meaning that the majority either overspend on servers or else they don’t provide their organisation with the capacity that it needs. As a result, the gripes and concerns they report about managing their in-house servers are more widely expressed than in 2009 – more people are reporting that multiple issues concern them regarding their server estates.
If this was not bad enough, IT teams in 2012 are spending more time than ever in managing the day-to-day maintenance and troubleshooting issues that having servers in-house brings. This is to the detriment of their ability to spend time on strategic, value added activities.
Check out the infographic below for some of the other stats discovered:
Infographic by Rackspace Cloud Storage