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August 31, 2011

Public Cloud Computing Security Still a Concern for Businesses

While large corporations and businesses are rapidly bringing their applications to the private cloud, co-existing with a public cloud has not been appealing to these organizations. UK’s Management Today (MT), a website devoted bringing business news analysis, management tips and thinking, reports that even cloud technology is constantly touted as the next big thing in IT, only 6 percent of companies are planning on moving to the full public cloud. The reason being security concerns in public cloud computing.

The MT website reports that a survey of IT managers by IT support company Precise indicates that large enterprises are migrating both front-office and back-office applications to the private cloud. Although, private cloud requires working with an external service provider, the company's data is stored on its own memory cards and disks.

This year, as per the Precise survey, 39 percent of organizations moved email and collaboration systems to the virtual infrastructure, 33 percent took their IT management tasks to cloud, 20 percent sales and marketing, 21 percent finance/HR/ERP and 13 percent security, wrote MT. The analyst believes that this trend will continue for next year or two.

But, the same is not true when it comes to public cloud. MT’s Dave Waller wrote, “Indeed, amid all the bluster around how amazing the cloud is, there remain several key issues around the public cloud that put a huge question mark over the wisdom of heading there. It’s no surprise that security features highly there: in an age where a company’s data is its most treasured commodity, anything that risks losing it has to be treated very carefully.”

While security is a big concern that is holding organizations to take their apps to public cloud, many IT managers are also concerned about how long will it take to fix problems, including detection,  in a public cloud. A Precise survey shows that 37 percent of IT managers were concerned that it would  take much longer to pinpoint the causes of problems if anything goes wrong once their applications are in the cloud, wrote Waller.

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Ashok Bindra is a veteran writer and editor with more than 25 years of editorial experience covering RF/wireless technologies, semiconductors and power electronics. To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Jennifer Russell

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