Despite a great deal of consideration, many organizations claim that they are not ready to adopt the cloud.
to a survey by security and storage specialist Symantec, businesses have mixed
feelings when it comes to security-with a majority ranking it as both a top
concern and top goal of moving to the cloud.
2011 State of Cloud Survey examined how organizations are adopting cloud
computing and dealing with the changes it can impose on their approach to
managing IT. The survey revealed that IT organizations may not be adequately
prepared for the move to the cloud, as almost half of the respondents said
their IT staffs are not ready at this time.
are most conflicted about security-rating it both as a top goal and a top
concern with moving to the cloud. Eighty-seven percent of respondents are
confident that moving to the cloud will not impact or will actually improve
their security. However, achieving security for cloud environments is also a
top concern for these organizations, which cited potential risks, including
malware, hacker-based theft and loss of confidential data.
survey findings reinforce what our customers are telling us. Security is one of
their top concerns when it comes moving to the cloud," said Francis deSouza,
group president of enterprise products and services for Symantec. "To be
confident in the cloud, IT organizations must take measures to ensure they have
the same visibility and control of their information and applications whether
they are in the cloud or residing on their own infrastructure."
a great deal of consideration, many organizations claimed that they are not
ready to adopt the cloud. The minority of respondents (between 15 and 18
percent) rated their staffs as extremely prepared for the transition to cloud.
Almost half of the respondents said their IT staffs are not ready at this time.
of the reason for this readiness shortfall is lack of experience, the survey
indicated, as just 25 percent of IT teams have any cloud experience. As a
result, most organizations are turning to outside resources for help. In fact,
when deploying hybrid infrastructure or platform-as-a-service, about three in
four respondents said they are turning to value-added resellers (VARs),
independent consultants, vendor professional services organizations or systems
survey discovered that organizations having implemented cloud technologies are
not seeing the results or benefits they had anticipated. Eighty-eight percent
expected the cloud to improve their IT agility, but only 47 percent said that
it actually has. Results also fell short in the areas of disaster recovery,
efficiency, lower operational expenses and improved security.
than 20 percent reported having completed implementing each of the cloud focus
areas covered by the research. About one in four organizations are currently in
an implementation phase. About two-thirds are still in early discussions,
trials or not considering a move to the cloud at all. Just under three-quarters
of respondents (73 percent) said they have adopted or are adopting some sort of
cloud service, with security services leading the way. The top cloud services that
companies are adopting include email services (such as management or security),
security management, and Web and IM security.