20 September 2011 16:45:51
A wide variety of businesses have witnessed first-hand the wealth of benefits that come with adopting cloud computing practices, from efficiency to cost management. Forbes recently published an article explaining the economic benefits that cloud computing has presented, especially resulting from the maximum use of expensive hardware and equipment by third-party cloud providers.
According to the source, the cloud comes with the capability to reduce the overall operations and maintenance expenditure for IT practices, especially with regard to infrastructures. As Infrastructure-as-a-Service makes purchasing new and expensive equipment unnecessary for a business using the service, the consolidation of infrastructure leads to cost benefits across entire industries.
Still, the news provider cites security as the biggest weight holding the cloud back from more universal adoption. While the security question hasn't been experienced by everyone, the more high-profile industries, such as intelligence and healthcare, have been slow to adopt the new technology.
This is why industry players have taken the initiative to improve the accountability of the cloud. The Cloud Security Alliance, comprised of major cloud service provider executives, announced it would release a Security, Trust and Assurance Registry in the coming months, which will improve the transparency of businesses providing cloud services.
-McAfee Cloud Security