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Cloud Adoption Concerns

Cloud services are becoming widely used across the world. A recent Cloud Industry Forum survey showed a 61.5% increase in organizations using cloud services between 2010 and 2014 – a trend that continues to accelerate.

Benefits of cloud services

Getting access to a software application, cloud storage or application hosting with no up-front costs (CAPEX), no complex setup or install process, and a maintenance-free, worry-free, experience allows you to focus on the day-to-day IT activities that are important to your organization.

The top 5 reasons organizations cited for adopting Cloud were:

  • Scalability (65%)
  • Flexibility of delivery (58%)
  • 24/7 service dependence (58%)
  • Low cost of adoption (57%)
  • Operational cost saving (55%)
Source: CIF 2014

Concerns about cloud services

It sounds convincing but many organizations have not yet embraced the cloud. The most common reasons for lack of cloud adoption cited are:

  • Concerns about security, privacy and sovereignty of your data and applications.
  • Concerns about poor performance of cloud applications where cheap, high-bandwidth, internet connectivity is not readily available.
  • Concerns over loss-of-control, especially administration, of who can do what in your IT estate.
  • Lack of support. Faceless cloud services that have no human contact for support or advice, unless you’re willing to pay a significant premium.

The primary reasons for not wishing to move specific applications to cloud services, were:

  • Security concerns (75%)
  • Data protection concerns (59%)
  • Investments already made in on-premises (47%)
  • Efficiency (39%)
  • Legacy technology restrictions (34%)
Source: CIF 2014

For many organizations, these concerns present a real barrier to cloud adoption.

How Zynstra helps

Zynstra’s Hybrid IT services have been designed to mitigate these concerns:

  • You can choose where your data resides, on the local Zynstra server , in public cloud services, or a combination of both. If you are concerned about data being off-site, just keep it on Zynstra. The on-premises IT environment can be backed up to the cloud if required, but even here your data is fully encrypted before it leaves your site.
  • If you need local performance for applications or data access, or you don’t have a great Internet connection, keep your data and/or applications on-premises, on the Zynstra cloud managed server, but let us take care of the dirty work – keeping it working, current and secure and eliminating IT upgrades.
  • You stay in the driving seat (if you want to). Zynstra provides simple control panels for non-technical users, or Microsoft Active Directory for those who want the full control over the administration.
  • Delivered through our channel partners, a support-service wrap is a key part of our unique Hybrid IT service.

Zynstra enables you to move confidently to the cloud, but keep the things you want on-site, and even if you move your applications and data fully to the cloud, it delivers the core IT infrastructure you need to run your site.

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