Friday, October 31, 2011 10:41:46 AM
In recent years, many high-ranking executives and chief information officers in a variety of sectors believed the cloud presented too many new challenges to be deemed desirable. However, this general mentality has appeared to shift toward one of excitement and fervor, InformationWeek India reports.
According to the news provider, CIOs in India are increasingly interested in the technology, though the perceived challenges are still thwarting a more rapid adoption rate. As more executives begin to understand the technology, and see proof of its potential benefits to bottom-lines, some experts believe the industry will grow exponentially.
The source notes a comment that may be characteristic of widely held beliefs about the technology, made by Tarun Pandey, the vice president of IT at the Aditya Birla Financial Services Group.
"It is a myth that cloud computing is the cheaper option as a lot goes into the back end," he asserted. "But businesses can be successful with cloud adoption as the applications and infrastructure keep on changing. So, instead of investing in the same, you can use it as per the requirement. But the challenge is that there is no standard methodology for moving into the cloud."
Some executives of the most successful cloud providing companies recently joined forces to create an initiative that would help to quell some of these concerns. The Cloud Security Alliance released a statement last summer to announce its creation of the Security, Trust and Assurance Register.
Not only will STAR aim to create stringent industry guidelines for services providers, the CSA also believes it will help establish a more tangible set of best practices and standardize some of the now loose aspects of the technology. Cloud providers will be asked to fill out the register, while prospective clients will be able to shop for a vendor with a stronger understanding of what to look for.
STAR is projected to be released for public use by the end of this year. InformationWeek notes another executive's thoughts on the cloud industry, Kumar Parakal, the executive director of KPMG.
"Adoption of private cloud is happening, but the migration of private cloud to the public cloud will take some time," he told the news provider. "The four sectors that can have significant benefits from the cloud are education, healthcare, SMBs and the government sector."
-McAfee Cloud Security