European businesses adopting cloud services

21 février 2012

Government organizations and enterprises continue to adopt cloud services to reduce costs and improve efficiency, but many of them still have concerns regarding security.

According to a survey by Interxion, a provider of data center services, European IT decision-makers expect cloud adoption to grow during the next two years, despite several perceived risks delaying some companies from transitioning IT functions to the cloud.

Most technology experts say the cloud provides businesses with a safe, secure environment for storing data, deploying applications and building infrastructure, yet many European companies believe the contrary. The study revealed 45 percent of respondents view security and service level agreements as the top obstacles of cloud adoption, but those concerns aren't stopping most organizations from using cloud technology.

Sixty-nine percent of IT decision-makers believe the cloud is a top priority for enterprises, the report said. Meanwhile, 75 percent of organizations have either already implemented cloud services or expect to within the next two years, indicating most companies are more attracted to the cloud's vast benefits than turned off by perceived security concerns.

"Though companies have been transitioning to the cloud for some time now, there are still perceived obstacles that need to be addressed before many companies discover the cloud’s full potential," said Vincent Veld of Interxion.

Veld added that it's vital for service providers to help enterprises diminish their fears of migrating critical infrastructure, data and applications to the cloud.

IT experts and government officials have repeatedly supported widespread cloud adoption, noting the technology can help companies improve security if certain precautions are considered. According to a recent CloudTweaks report, businesses should ask cloud vendors several questions about security before signing a service level agreement. Those inquiries include who is managing the data, how private information is secured, where the data is physically located and how the service will impact regulatory compliance procedures.

-McAfee Cloud Security