Public Clouds Bring Security, Management Challenges to Businesses
Public cloud security concerns run the gamut, from data breaches to unauthorized access to private data, according to a survey of AWS attendees.The top challenge with public cloud consumption is the ability to manage usage and costs proactively across the business, according to a Cloud Cruiser and Dimensional Research survey of nearly 200 professionals who attended the recent Amazon Web Services (AWS) Global Summit in Chicago. Of those surveyed, 92 percent stated they currently are using a public cloud and 95 percent indicated that public cloud usage will grow over the next 12 months. "The most surprising and concerning finding from the survey was that 31 percent of respondents don't proactively manage cloud usage and spend. That's a major problem and one which will be very difficult to get ahead of," Deirdre Mahon, chief marketing officer at Cloud Cruiser, told eWEEK. "Additionally, another 36 percent don't use any tags to track which cloud services are being used. That is a huge challenge as there is simply no way to track who in the organization consumed which services. So when the bill comes in 100 percent higher than the previous month, it will pose some difficult questions." Mahon noted the fact that 95 percent say cloud usage is growing compounds that problem, but by tagging and proactively managing their spend, companies can better plan and forecast what's coming.
"With full visibility and control, you consume more services which is exactly what the business wants," she said. "Driving blind or looking at the rearview mirror is a dangerous strategy when it comes to cloud."