10 TEC Predictions for 2011 - Slide 7

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Small cloud service contingency plans will spell big trouble

What do you get when you add new cloud delivery models to a focus on cost reduction? The result could be ugly. Thirty-four percent of survey respondents cited lowering costs as the primary driver for considering cloud services, but too much focus on cost means organizations may not make adequate contingency plans. In 2011, we may well see a few high-profile finger-pointing cases between corporate IT organizations and their cloud service providers, with each blaming the other for the business disruption caused by an outage.

Each year, attendees of The Experts Conference (TEC), sponsored by Quest Software, are surveyed on technology trends, best practices, current issues and priorities, and TEC 2010 – the ninth annual event in the series – was no different. Quest experts Gil Kirkpatrick, chief architect, David Sengupta, chief architect and Microsoft Exchange Server MVP, and Dmitry Sotnikov, director of cloud solutions, analyzed the survey results to cull key predictions and trends for the coming year.

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