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2012 Cisco Global Cloud Networking Survey

What are the top priorities and challenges IT professionals face when moving to the cloud?

2012 Cisco Global Cloud Networking Survey
2012 Cisco Global Cloud Networking Survey

2012 Findings

Cisco surveyed more than 1300 IT professionals to find out the top priorities and challenges they face when moving applications and services to the cloud. Some of the primary findings from the Cisco 2012 Cisco Global Cloud Networking Survey include:

  • More than one in three respondents said that a cloud-ready WAN is a critical infrastructure element necessary to move applications to the cloud.
  • During the cloud migration process, data protection security (72 percent) was cited as the top obstacle to a successful implementation of cloud services, followed by availability and reliability of cloud applications (67 percent), device-based security (66 percent), visibility and control of applications across the WAN (60 percent), and overall application performance (60 percent).
  • Without proper processes and planning, more than one quarter (31 percent) said they could train for a marathon in a shorter period of time than it would take to migrate their company's applications to the cloud.

The Impact of the Cloud on the Network

Adoption of cloud-based applications will continue to increase as enterprise companies achieve the benefits of cost savings, flexibility, and reduced operational demands.

Cloud services place new demands and requirements on the enterprise network. The types of applications and the way they are delivered and consumed have been fundamentally changed by cloud computing and will continue to change drastically. The Cisco Global Cloud Networking Survey highlights the primary challenges and priorities IT professionals face as they migrate applications and services to the cloud.

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