In today's business environment, cloud computing has become a strategic area of focus for CIOs and senior business leaders due to the overwhelming agility and economic advantages it has to offer. In fact, the high cost savings promised by this new IT delivery model has caught the attention of both government agencies, as well as commercial organizations with "cloud-first" fast becoming the mandate for evaluating new IT services.
However, organizations are still struggling to adopt cloud computing to their full advantage. The cold, hard facts reveal that 63 percent of European CIOs see business risks in transitioning to the cloud of which, 42 percent are not in a position to fully assess the risks. Statistics also show that cloud adoption in Australia grew by just 19 percent in 2011 versus a projected growth rate of 30 percent. Figures out of the U.S. confirm the trend with only 19 percent of the average U.S. company's applications hosted in the cloud.
How can businesses safely leverage the full potential of cloud computing with existing IT delivery models to achieve faster time to market, mitigate risks and ensure regulatory compliance at reduced costs?
The answer to this question should ensure the availability of data and applications at the required level of performance at all times.