02 June 2011 17:31:26
The movement of small- and mid-sized firms' business computing resources to centralized data centers will propel the market above the $1 billion mark in the year 2015, according to In-Stat.
"Economic growth leads to the establishment of new businesses and branch offices, driving demand for MSBGs. The pace of new branch offices worldwide is expected to slow over the next five years, but this will be offset by acceleration in the establishment of small businesses," In-Stat research vice president Norm Bogen said, adding that the adoption of such cloud technology could allow smaller companies to compete with large corporations.
The need for enterprise branch office applications will create a new enterprise IT sub-sector, the company said - though others note that it could also create a new cloud security issue.
Communications between users of such applications could be vulnerable to interception, unless sufficiently advanced encryption technology is used to protect them, experts say. VPNs and other secure methods of moving data around via the web are generally considered a good idea for cloud computing users.
-McAfee Cloud Security