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It's all about security

Cloud computing myths debunked

Gabriela Motroc
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More and more businesses nowadays use cloud infrastructure but they fail to understand the challenges that go hand in hand with cloud computing. The aim of the following survey is to explain these factors and to make them more transparent.

After surveying IT professionals at medium and large enterprises in the United States to determine the value of cloud computing in the enterprise market, research firm Clutch has found that 64 percent of businesses consider cloud infrastructure a more secure alternative than legacy systems. The survey, which consisted of 300 respondents with decision-making authority or influence in the IT department, in companies with over 100 employees, revealed that almost half of businesses believe that increased efficiency is the main benefit of cloud computing. Plus, roughly 90 percent of the respondents plan to either maintain or increase annual spending on cloud computing this year.

Synergy Research Group has showed that the largest four cloud providers’ combined market share was just over 50 percent in late July 2015, with AWS leading the way (30 percent), followed by Microsoft (10 percent), IBM (seven percent), and Google (five percent). Meanwhile, Clutch’s respondents indicated a more even distribution of cloud service usage; Microsoft is the most popular choice (23 percent), followed by AWS (22 percent) Google (21 percent), and IBM (17 percent).

 Enterprise trust in cloud security

David Linthicum, senior vice president of Cloud Technology Partners, acknowledged that the level of enterprise trust in cloud security is encouraging, but opined that it should be higher. “I think what we’re seeing now, when it comes to the Cloud and security, is a bit of a myth that the Cloud is less secure. I’ve heard this many times, but it does not seem to be true in real life.”

Distrust of the cloud derives from a lack of knowledge about the safeguards which exist to secure data, as well as the circumstances that lead to data breaches. In reality, security problems often arise from human error, rather than shortcomings in cloud infrastructure.  According to Jason Reichl, CEO of Go Nimbly, “many recent data breaches have been reported incorrectly.”

Alex Miller, Business Analyst at Clutch, prefers to see the glass half full. “Security remains the primary concern preventing organizations from fully utilizing cloud computing and will likely continue to do so.”

However, the cloud has a prosperous future.

“Educational efforts by vendors, consultants, and security organizations have been successful in increasing awareness of the benefits of cloud computing and the best practices an organization can take to curb security threats,” Miller explained. “When utilizing these practices, the arguments against the cloud begin to diminish. It’s difficult to argue against a platform that decreases costs, increases efficiency, and, when used correctly, can actually bolster the security of data and applications.”

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Clutch claims that cloud infrastructure is a more secure option for enterprises than legacy systems because it is being monitored at all times, security measures are multi-faceted and its central management ensures security systems always remain up-to-date.

Challenges linger

According to Clutch survey respondents, security represents cloud computing’s greatest challenge (31 percent), followed by training (28 percent) and increased cost (28 percent), limited availability (25 percent), mobility (21 percent), lost data (19 percent), regulatory/compliance (18 percent) and scaling (15 percent). Only one percent of the respondents recognized authentication as one of the challenges.

However, David Linthicum believes that security is not only a challenge, but also a benefit due to “cloud paranoia. If companies are going to put data and files in the public cloud, security needs to be systemic to everything they do,” he explained.

The results of the Clutch survey regarding the trends in enterprise cloud computing can be found here.

Author
Gabriela Motroc
Gabriela Motroc is editor of JAXenter.com and JAX Magazine. Before working at Software & Support Media Group, she studied International Communication Management at the Hague University of Applied Sciences.

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