While there has been a great amount of growth in the number of businesses that have adopted the enterprise cloud, Rich Quick said on The Next Web that there is still some skittishness companies have about the technology. A recent report showed that 49 percent of executive-level managers believe the cloud will transform their business, but many have been slow in bringing items to the cloud. One big reason this hasn't happened yet, according to Quick, is the loss of control that many assume will happen.
"It's certainly true that some things that might be possible with a traditional setup, such as sending a crashed hard drive to a data recovery service, are no longer possible when you don't physically own the hardware," Quick wrote. "But the APIs and resources which can be scaled quickly, and even automatically, can actually lead to a different, and arguably greater, level of control."
In fact, according to a recent report by one cloud provider, the hybrid cloud has actually helped give more control to 42 percent of businesses that have adopted it. This type of cloud model is being used by 72 percent of the survey's respondents, who also see better security (52 percent) and more reliability (37 percent).
Ensuring security is in place
Security is another big worry enterprises have when it comes to cloud computing, as Ryan Stenhouse, a freelance cloud engineering specialist, claimed that access to the virtual machine need to have controls for the company. Moving to the cloud should mean more time and ability to check on the IT department and oversee security as opposed to doing seemingly mundane tasks in the environment.
"One of the big challenges for IT departments over the coming years will be how to give developers access to a speedy and solid network infrastructure that's set up so internal services to talk to cloud-based applications, and developers can get access to cloud servers, without compromising the network's security," Quick said.
According to a recent report by Evans Data Corp, cloud security has reached something of a tipping point, as 56 percent of developers said they are "very confident" in the security of the technology. This is a nice increase from last year when only 39 percent had this same level of confidence, something Janel Garvin, CEO of Evans Data Corp calls a "profound step forward."
Other issues of concern for the enterprise cloud include:
– Data protection, which will be a bigger issue especially due to the U.K. Data Protection Act
– Performance and uptime, which is a necessity as more organizations start to base their data and apps completely around a cloud environment
– Distrust of being tied to one provider, something that could be easily fixed by varying who the company works with
Quick said the benefits of the enterprise cloud are too real for businesses to ignore, but they must be sure they are taking all risks into account and shoring up any areas that may need to be (needs something here) before moving forward with the technology.