If the BYOD (bring your own device) trend wasn't flummoxing enough for IT admins, now they're increasingly contending with BYOC (bring your own cloud), where end-users enlist public cloud services -- think Amazon Web Services -- without preliminary input or approval from IT. At the same time, according to the findings of a new BMC-sponsored report by Forrester Research titled "Deliver on High Cloud Expectations," most company leaders agree that IT should be responsible for the security and reliability of those services.
Forrester spoke to 327 enterprise infrastructure executives and architects at organizations around the globe for the study, which will be officially released to the public on April 26. Its major finding: 58 percent of organizations run mission-critical workloads today in the unmanaged public cloud. The problem is that only 36 percent of these organizations have policies that dictate the practice, so lots of business users are making cloud-buying decisions without any knowledge of potential risks. That number is likely to increase, as 79 percent of organizations foresee running mission-critical workloads in the public cloud over the next two years.
One key question: Why are so many end-users turning to public cloud services in the first place? Cost savings isn't the top reason; rather, users like the higher availability, faster delivery, greater agility, and flexibility. Indeed, 72 percent of CIOs view the use of an outside public service as a way to circumvent IT. Dumping a workload into the cloud can be quicker and easier than going through internal channels for authorization and approval to use in-house resources.
Say you're a researcher at a biotech or financial company and you're working on a new project that requires churning through large troves of data on a regular basis. You can choose to work with IT to get your batches of data crunched on in-house equipment, knowing they might be postponed for mission-critical workloads. Or you can hook up with a third-party service to starting analyzing your batches of data the moment you want it.
Not only quicker and more flexible, the public cloud route might even be less expensive -- on paper. Heck, it might even seem like a courtesy to IT: "Hey, you guys are busy, and we can get this taken care of ourselves, so don't worry about it."