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Cloud complexity may hinder transformation

Sometimes the cloud can seem like too much of a good thing.

It may not be difficult for an agency to move its data to cloud storage or take advantage of software-as-a-service offerings. However, as a cloud project gets more sophisticated – with the myriad deployment and platform and governance options available, along with the host of edge applications – the complexity can sometimes become a challenge, a new survey finds.

According to an Aptum’s annual Global Cloud Impact Study that surveyed 400 senior IT decision makers, 62% of respondents cited complexity and abundance of choice as a hindrance when planning a cloud transformation. Much of the complexity in more advanced cloud projects comes from legacy systems, the respondents said, a refrain likely familiar to government IT managers.

To deal with that challenge, organizations tend to opt for the lift-and-shift model, where they move data and applications for non-critical workloads to the cloud without redesigning them to take advantage of the cloud scalability and data integration advantages.

Another example showing cloud’s mixed blessings was the survey’s finding that better cloud security was the third biggest driver for cloud projects, but it was also the No. 1 barrier for 38% of respondents. 

“Like applications, security architectures don’t migrate neatly from on-premise environments to the cloud” and must be “refreshed” for IT managers to fully understand how security responsibility is shared with the cloud service provider, the survey said.  “This complexity in restructuring raises the risk of security missteps for organizations that lack the necessary training and experience.”

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