Barriers to enterprise cloud adoption

cloud-enterpriseCloud computing in the enterprise is picking up and is going to be a huge market as more and more enterprise moves their application into the cloud. But, what are the barriers that is holding some of enterprise cloud adoption ?

The number one barrier is security.

In the beginning, cloud computing assumes that everything will be out in the open. Available for everyone to consume and interact. This is also known as the public cloud model. A lot of cloud vendors do this initially.

However, enterprises are reluctant to do that. Security of their data are important. There are a lot of business secret sauce inside those data and letting them out for everybody to see is just not what enterprises have in mind. Thus born the private cloud.

Next is ROI (Return on Investment).

There are still no clear ROI on cloud computing model. Since cloud computing still young, there are still no clear definition for ROI of enterprise cloud adoption.

Vendors does not understand what enterprise wants.

Additionally, they said public cloud service providers have misjudged the market with the mentality that enterprises would run cloud-native applications there.

“It really was a bad idea to say, ‘If you want to play over here you have to play by our rules,'” Feldman said.

Source: Search Cloud Computing

In the beginning cloud computing means sharing server for application, popularized by AWS (Amazon Web Services). Users of AWS are primarily, developers that wants to scale their application. AWS provided them with price friendly server sharing. Which means the developers do not have to pay for unused resources (CPU, RAM, Disk Space, etc). But those resources are available, on call, so to speak, when needed. This is the primary advantage of cloud computing.

Naturally, as cloud computing takes off, this is the model that is used by cloud computing vendors. Which is not suitable for enterprises.

While enterprises also want to have those scalability, they have money to spent on those resources. So, it is of secondary concern.

Those three barriers are the primary reason enterprise cloud adoption are still slow.

As vendors comes to their senses and cloud computing matures, those barriers are coming down and enterprise cloud adoption are on the rise.

What do you think are the barriers to enterprise cloud adoption ?