Cloud Enthusiasts Worry About Data Security

IT professionals at companies around the world are all in for cloud computing, but they still worry about the risks the technology may present to their organizations, according to The Fifth Annual State of the Network Global Study by Network Instruments. The study shows that top challenges to adoption of cloud computing include security, compliance issues, bandwidth capacity and a lack of interoperability with existing applications.
The Fifth Annual State of the Network Global Study by Network Instruments shows that:

  • 67% of 163 IT professionals surveyed say that software-as-a-service (SaaS) is the most popular method of cloud computing, followed by private cloud computing (49%), infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), also known as the public cloud (32%), and platform-as-a-service (PaaS) (15%).
  • 74% of respondents express that the number one concern about cloud adoption is the security of corporate data. Other concerns pale in comparison but are still significant. The lack of ability to monitor the end-user experience was raised by 37% of respondents, then compliance issues (33%), the impact on network bandwidth (32%), cost increases (29%) and a lack of interoperability standards (25%).
  • Availability: most saw no difference and 33% saw an improvement while only 8% reported a decline.
  • Quality of the end-user experience: 25% noticed an improvement and only 12% reported a decline.
  • Ability to monitor their cloud service: only 20% saw an improvement while 22% reported a decline, and most detected no change.
  • Ability to troubleshoot problems with their cloud service: 28% reported it got worse, 55% reported no difference and 17% saw an improvement.

According to a new InformationWeek report, there are several factors that need to be taken into consideration when deciding whether an application is right for the cloud. Costs for hosted cloud services go beyond the monthly (or annual) fee linked to the subscription. When deciding to rent versus buy, IT must take into account additional cost factors like high availability, backups, Windows Server licensing, network and storage I/O, Internet bandwidth, staff training, and network monitoring and disaster recovery–all of which come with their own costs to the enterprise.

Source: Network Computing

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