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Unauthorised cloud adoption growing issue for CIOs

Brocade survey shows 83% of organisations have seen unauthorised cloud service use

Unauthorised cloud adoption growing issue for CIOs
Business units have become comfortable with provisioning their own cloud services, but often do not get authorisation from IT, says Sakhnini.

Over three quarters of all organisations are seeing unauthorised adoption of cloud computing services, according to new research conducted on behalf of Brocade.

The global survey of 200 CIOs found that 83% had seen some unauthorised provisioning of cloud services, despite the fact that over one third of respondents stated that their businesses did not permit cloud adoption without the involvement of IT.

Ninety percent of organisations surveyed said they had some sort of cloud computing in place, although most expected the issue of business units deploying their own cloud solutions without permission from IT or management to increasingly be an issue.

"The cloud computing trend has made business units feel less dependent on traditional IT departments. They are happy to circumvent IT so long as everything works. But chances are as soon as the performance and availability of these shadow IT services don't meet expectations, it will be the CIOs who will get asked the hard questions," said Yarob Sakhnini, regional director, MEMA at Brocade.

Most industry experts have predicted that security would be the prime concern with cloud adoption, but Brocade's survey states that the negative impact on owned infrastructure performance and the inability to manage the network and IT disputes with cloud providers take precedence over security, compliance, poor SLAs, inability to access data or the cost to the business due to duplication of spending.

In recent years,  the convergence of mobile, social, cloud and information have made it necessary for CIOs to become 'enablers of business', though their success in these efforts is often undermined by legacy IT infrastructure. Seventy-five percent of CIO respondents stated their network is an issue in achieving their organisations goals. Furthermore, over half were found to spend more than 50% of their time reactively tacking IT issues in order to 'keep the lights on'.

Other findings of the Brocade Global CIO Survey 2015 were that CIOs are more concerned with security and with being able to quickly provide new applications and services rather than developing big data, communications and collaboration solutions or managing compliance with regulations.

The top four technology issues CIOs need to address are operational platforms (Oracle, SAP), data centre upgrade/expansion, virtual, security, and network upgrade/expansion. Seventy-nine percent of CIOs were worried about the delivery of new services to support business growth, while 77% were concerned about delivering better analytics/data mining.

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