The seemingly incessant buzz surrounding cloud storage and cloud services would indicate that nearly every business has either already made the switch, or is on the brink of doing so. The cloud computing trend has spread rapidly, and garnered the attention of IT professionals worldwide.
However, a recent report by the Ponemon Institute shows that the majority of organisations across Europe and the US continue to prefer on-site data storage. Of the 3,027 IT professionals surveyed in the report, a whopping 87 percent indicated that the majority of their organisation’s critical and sensitive data is stored on the premises, with only 13 percent storing most of their data on the cloud.
Security is certainly a concern for organisations that are hesitating to embrace cloud storage, but it’s not the main concern. According to the fifth annual State of the Cloud Survey, lack of resources and expertise has become the number one challenge to cloud adoption, surpassing security for the first time.
The costs associated with cloud storage and services are also posing a serious obstacle for many organisations, with 26 percent of respondents calling it a “significant challenge” – up from only 18 percent in 2013.
Although the future of cloud computing continues to be bright, it is clear that its progress may be slower than anticipated. The migration to cloud-native systems and the use of cloud-based services is not being matched by the level of trust businesses are placing in cloud storage.
As cloud computing enters its “second wave”, the lustre of novelty has begun to wear off, and the exciting potential of the cloud is no longer enough to convince ordinarily cautious buyers that cloud computing is right for them. For solution providers specialising in cloud computing, winning the trust of potential clients might mean being able to work through and fully address concerns around cloud management costs, as well as security.
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