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Private cloud’s biggest challenges: results from Symposium Gold Coast 2015

by Michael Warrilow  |  October 28, 2015  |  Comments Off on Private cloud’s biggest challenges: results from Symposium Gold Coast 2015

As I type this second blog, it’s still a few hours before the final day of Symposium Gold Coast 2015. I’ve been honoured to have a range of interactions on cloud strategy, cloud challenges … and some cloud (as well as virtualisation) successes! It’s been a great event.

One of my sessions was titled “Making Private and Hybrid cloud work”. That’s an interesting title, I thought … and more than enough topic(s) for one session. During my sessions, I’ve been using interactive polling. I find this a great way to get a little more accuracy (and anonymity) than raising of hands.

Of particular interest, the challenges noted by this audience are slightly different to those Gartner has found elsewhere.

As promised, I am sharing the results … noting these are skewed^ … but that’s actually what makes them interesting.

biggest challenges in creating a private cloud computing service

Question: What is your biggest challenges in creating a private cloud computing service? (n=68-82, October 2015, Symposium Gold Coast)

There was consistency, with other identical Gartner polling results, regarding the biggest two challenges (namely process, culture challenges). But , the challenges related to technology and politics were higher among these respondents. Given that Australian and New Zealand organisations have been ahead of the curve with server virtualisation — and that’s a common on-ramp to private cloud — it sends an interesting message that there’s an even greater range of challenges with successful private cloud adoption … and that the technology available isn’t / hasn’t helped. In other countries, particularly North America, technology has generally been considered the least of the challenges.

Moreover, what this polling result suggests is that technology is considered a bigger part of the challenge by this audience.

Private cloud is hard — this adds more fuel to that set of challenges, in my humble / blogger’s opinion. In fact, it always has been hard, but it does have its place nonetheless.

[insert small sales plug] Gartner clients can, of course, ask how to address these challenges. [end plug].

I hope you find these results of value.


^ I say the results are skewed because:

  1. All respondents are self-selecting (to attend a session on private and hybrid cloud, and to participate)
  2. Results are primarily – but not exclusively – Australian and New Zealand attendees
  3. We need to take the results at face value; there’s no independent verification
  4. The sample size is 68 – 82  respondents (biggest challenge, second biggest challenge respectively)

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Michael Warrilow
Research Director
1 years at Gartner
19 years IT Industry

Michael Warrilow is part of the Technology and Service Provider team, focused on management technologies, including virtualization, cloud and IT operations. Read Full Bio

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