Cloud computing to be industry standard by 2014

June 25, 2012

No matter what the study, it is evident that companies are flocking to cloud computing services almost as fast as they can. Issues of cloud security and reliability of providers have slowed the movement from a flash flood to a steady stream. However, according to a business technology company, cloud computing will overtake legacy systems and become the primary operating model for enterprise IT organizations by 2014.

While the perception issues acting as barriers to adoption increased across the board from 2009 to 2010, according to a report by the business technology company, companies were less concerned with almost all of them in 2011. Issues from data security in the cloud through performance were less troublesome to potential adopters than the prior year. Only worries about vendor lock-in and geographic location - at least partly thanks to worry about the European Union Data Protection initiative - grew more concerning in 2011.

It is not just IT professionals in the private sector who see the cloud rising in the next few years. According to an official recommendation from the White House national security telecommunications advisory committee, the president should encourage a broad move to the cloud for agencies that oversee programs for national security and emergency preparedness (NS/EP). While President Barack Obama's administration has pushed a cloud-first policy, the committee's recommendation asks for firm directives for agencies to move mission-critical systems into the cloud.

Part of the recommendation includes expanding the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP), which just launched in the first week of June, was to include environments deemed to be of "high risk impact level," thus better accommodating the needs of the programs that oversee NS/EP initiatives.

Policy issues
While many believe  that some of the United States' top technology advisors feel that the security capabilities have come far enough to migrate vital systems to cloud computing services, the recommendation still highlights concerns regarding various other policies. The committee echoed the private sector's worries over the geographic location of data stored in the cloud. Because of the often fluid nature of data location in cloud services, the worry was about how other countries could ensure the protection of such critical data.

The recommendation asked that when storing data outside of U.S. borders, the government should "conduct an examination of the data laws for foreign countries and only proceed if the results indicate acceptably-robust protections for such data."

-McAfee Cloud Security