04 March 2011
Cloud services exploded in worldwide popularity over the course of 2010, but despite the hype many businesses met the new form-factor with caution. With intellectual property and troves of sensitive information at stake, the cloud certainly needed to prove itself before becoming a standard in IT. Concerns over security were at the top of every CIO’s mind, and adoption was often deterred by uncertainty.
One dimension of the cloud which remained underserved throughout this hype-cycle however, was that of security services from the cloud, which can be easily confused with a stream of news about cloud services that lack security. Cloud security services have been around for years, in the form of SaaS, or Software-as-a-Service. According to research firm AMI-Partners, the Security SaaS form factor is rising in popularity, especially in the APAC and Southeast Asia region.
The nations within the APAC theater “…were relatively slower adopters of overall cloud services”, meaning “2011 will be the dawn of their increased cloud services adoption” said Yuki Uehara, a senior cloud analyst at AMI-Partners. He continues to explain that Cloud Security services will be among the first to be adopted in this region, due to their relatively simple implementation when compared to more complex infrastructures. While the implementation of cloud IT services is becoming standard in many theaters, APAC remains sizable opportunity for cloud vendors in 2011.
-McAfee Cloud Security