November 21, 2012
As experts release reports on the growing state of cloud computing, more IT professionals are jumping on the bandwagon and adopting the cloud at a rapid rate. Despite security concerns, employers who choose to implement a form of the cloud can benefit from unlimited storage and a cost-effective pay-as-you-go plan.
Decision-makers can adopt different types of services. The most popular include security-as-a-service (SaaS), which refers to outsourcing security management, and Infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), when an organization outsources storage, hardware and other components to run a business. Platform-as-a-service (PaaS) is a lesser known version of the cloud. Although it may not be as evolved as SaaS or IaaS, a new report found that PaaS is gaining momentum among IT departments.
According to Gartner, the PaaS marketplace is expected to reach $1.2 billion by the end of 2012, and $1.5 billion by 2013. At this rate, experts predict that PaaS adoption will double by 2016. This service refers to the tools that an in-house or a third-party team customizes to meet the needs of an organization. Professionals can develop their own cloud environment to include original business applications.
The source reported that the United States market is one of the few places embracing PaaS. Most of the revenue comes from the United States, which accounts for 42 percent of the American cloud market.
A separate Future of Cloud Computing survey from the North Bridge Venture Partners reaffirms Gartner's predictions that PaaS continues to pique the interest of business owners. Seventy-five percent of 785 polled industry experts said they expect to build new applications on a PaaS server in the next five years.
As more IT workers take advantage of the cloud's capabilities, employers must still take steps to ensure cloud security. Decision-makers should place access controls, like two-factor authentication, to block unauthorized users. They should encourage passwords and educate employees on the importance of encryption. Experts also suggest that developers in a PaaS server should build security into an application as a form of data protection.
-McAfee Cloud Security