Thursday, December 29, 2011 10:04:28 PM
Some technology experts have said 2011 was the year cloud services became a mainstream IT solution, but several studies report cloud adoption may just be getting started.
According to a recent TechTarget report, 24.1 percent of enterprises plan to increase their investment in cloud services during the next year, while 27 percent said adding cloud technology is a high priority for their organization.
"We've done enough investing in infrastructure-level products and virtualization, along with exploring options for cloud strategies," Len Barney, a purchasing agent with a large transportation company, told the source. "Next year is when we'll move forward with implementing our first significant cloud, which will be a hybrid [cloud model]. It's been a long time coming, but we're there now."
Only 9 percent of organizations are not even considering implementing the private cloud, and 56.1 percent believe it's a medium-level priority, the report said. Meanwhile, more than half of the 600 IT professionals surveyed said their IT budgets are expanding, while just 12 percent expect their budget to decrease.
According to InformationWeek, potential cloud adopters should ask providers several questions before entering a service level agreement, including how their private data will be segregated from other customers' and how the vendor will ensure maximum data security.
-McAfee Cloud Security