January 30, 2012
Many businesses are striving to spend-efficiency due to global economic uncertainty, which has made cloud computing a popular solution for reducing IT costs and increasing productivity.
According to a recent report by 451 Research, an enterprise IT research firm, more companies will adopt the cloud this year because its cost-cutting benefits have become too legitimate to ignore.
"Economic concerns will weigh heavily on the minds of IT decision-makers this year, and will increasingly drive customers toward considering cloud-based approaches," said Simon Robinson, research director of 451 Research. "Indeed, 2012 could be when the cloud comes of age, and for the first time will really begin to nip away at traditional IT deployment models in enterprise environments."
The report said economic, technical and operational conditions will make increased cloud adoption inescapable this year. Meanwhile, cloud services will drive IT budget growth, as many businesses will view the cloud as a long-term investment with the potential to decrease operating costs and improve IT efficiency.
Enterprise mobile applications, data storage in the cloud and energy management are also among the trends IT departments will encounter throughout the next 12 months, the source said.
However, cloud security questions will remain a theme in many organizations, according to the report.
While some enterprises and IT professionals are concerned with transferring private company and customer data to the cloud environment, the majority of experts say the cloud is a viable, secure solution for several IT functions. In a recent column, expert David Wilkins said security providers are supporting the cloud as a data storage and backup option.
Additionally, the United States government has been a supporter of safe, widespread cloud adoption, signifying the technology is secure if certain precautions are realized and security strategies are carefully drafted. ons.
-McAfee Cloud Security