Thursday, December 29, 2011 9:48:30 PM
Businesses in almost every industry are adopting cloud computing at an accelerated rate, but some experts say the cloud would be even more widespread if potential adopters better understood what the technology is exactly.
According to a recent eWeek report, misinformation and a lack of knowledge have slowed some organizations from realizing the benefits of cloud computing, such as saving on IT costs and improving flexibility.
"Not understanding the cloud is holding them back," Connie Arentson, president of Heartland Technology Solutions, told the source. "The fact is they've got their infrastructure in-house with all their data on it. There's a security in knowing where it's at and having it there."
Despite the cloud's proven advantages, many businesses are still reluctant to maneuver from their traditional IT solutions to the cloud, which some companies still see as an unknown, the report said.
One cloud expert told the source that providers are spending a lot of time educating customers about the realities of the cloud and its benefits, and the best way to improve customer knowledge is to present case studies of similar companies.
According to a recent Taylor Nelson Sofres survey, 82 percent of companies using the cloud have cut costs, while 52 percent have experienced increased data center efficiency.
-McAfee Cloud Security