28 June 2011 15:02:03
A new study from the nonprofit Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers revealed that interoperability and data portability, rather than security, are viewed as the greatest long-term challenges of the cloud.
The findings of the study seem to suggest two things. First, companies seem to be growing increasingly confident in the data protection capabilities of the cloud, or, at least, are willing to set these concerns aside to leverage the technology's cost and productivity benefits.
Furthermore, the IEEE's findings also suggest that, going forward, cloud vendors will need to enable public cloud environments to work together, rather than as closed systems. This will ensure that companies using multiple cloud services can transition between platforms easily, further increasing productivity and efficiency.
"To achieve the economies of scale that will make cloud computing successful, common platforms are needed to ensure users can easily navigate between services and applications regardless of where they're coming from, and enable organizations to more cost-effectively transition their IT systems to a services-oriented model," said IEEE CIO Alexander Pasik.
As these issues are addressed, a separate report from InformationWeek Analytics found one area of the cloud that's primed for growth is storage. According to the study, 25 percent of surveyed businesses plan to be using cloud-based storage within the next two years.
-McAfee Cloud Security