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Is it possible to have a 100% cloud environment?

14 December 2016

As 2016 draws to a close, we look forward to the IT trends which will shape and prevail in 2017 – and many experts are predicting a “second wave” for cloud services. Public, private and hybrid cloud implementations will accelerate in 2017, according to Forrester, as CIOs seek to take advantage of cloud’s economies of scale to build on core applications.

In fact Gartner predicts that by 2020 “no-cloud” policies will be as scarce as “no-internet” policies are today. With this predicted popularity in mind we examine if it’s possible to have a 100% cloud environment, what are the roadblocks to achieving this and if companies even want to go “total cloud”.

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Will regulation allow for 100% cloud?

I’m unaware of any regulation that prevents a particular business moving to 100% cloud environment. Of course some regulatory authorities state that data must be stored in a UK or EU data centre, but that’s as far as it goes. The fact is that for many businesses now, and also in the future, a 100% cloud environment is perfectly viable.

Will customer attitudes allow for 100% cloud?

It depends on the type of organisation and the size of that organisation. AT the end of the day if a 100% cloud environment is the right solution, i.e. it benefits the business in terms of functionality and cost, then the organisation will move. Attitudes towards total cloud solutions have certainly softened, especially over the last 18 months – even those whose sectors have traditionally been very conservative and wary of change, such as the legal market.

Will business objectives and needs allow for 100% cloud?

Most businesses could move to some form of cloud platform on a 100% basis, no matter what the size or sector. It’s just that consideration needs to be made whether a 100% cloud solution is the right solution, in terms of functionality and cost. Typically, and in the majority of cases, in mid-to-large firms then some sort of hybrid environment will be the correct solution.

Will culture allow 100% cloud?

Culture has never really been an issue in going into cloud. A correctly designed and implemented cloud platform should not impact the user experience particularly, thus has no impact on a culture. You do of course encounter some IT leaders who are wary of the cloud, more often than not this is due to a protectionist attitude, i.e. we won’t be needed if we go to the cloud. This is in the main a false statement as IT leaders add the greatest value when focused on business systems and the development/improvement of systems, not running IT infrastructure.

Is 100% cloud even desirable?

100% is desirable by some businesses, but that’s often due to a lack of focus on what IT really is. Cloud is simply one tool in the box and to state a desire for 100% cloud is often just as wrong as saying I want everything running internally. You need to choose the right tools for the job, you need to focus on the end objective, i.e. people need to focus on the holes, not the drills.

Robert Rutherford – QuoStar CEO

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