We all remember the days when IT upgrades required significant financial investment up front. Psychologically this forced end users to think long and hard about the contracts they were signing. On the flip side, the simplicity of the cloud often means that customers look a little less closely at the Ts & Cs. They are however still putting mission critical applications in the hands of a third party and as such contracts should be treated with no less caution than any other agreement negotiated within the business.
Enterprises are showing record levels of interest in private cloud solutions, with 55 per cent of IT decision makers planning on building out private cloud infrastructure in 2014 according to new research by Forrester. Lauren Nelson, an analyst at the firm told Business Cloud News that HP’s Open Sack-based platform is leading the private cloud pack on the vendor side, with Cisco, IBM and Microsoft following closely behind. But the research also suggests vendors are mainly lagging in hybrid cloud support, which may give enterprises cause for concern as they figure out how to bridge the private-public cloud divide.