A new cloud computing survey has shown that organisations are increasingly committing to cloud services, although security issues remain a top concern.
The 2013 Cloud Computing survey was undertaken by IDG Enterprise and polled 1,358 CIO, Computerworld, CSO, InfoWorld, Itworld and Network World customers whose organisations already have (or plan to have) at least one application or some infrastructure in the cloud.
According to the results of the survey, IT and security executives are the people most likely to see extensive use of cloud in their organisation's future.
Overall, 29 per cent of respondents said they would move the majority of their IT operations to the cloud in the next five years, an increase of two per cent from the year before.
While there are still those who would prefer to limit their activity to the private cloud environment or use software-as-a-service (SaaS), this group is declining, with only 18 per cent and seven per cent of respondents, respectively, saying they intend to do this.
However, the survey shows that companies are more likely to want an exclusively private cloud for their applications and data storage and management.
Perhaps the strongest indicator of an IT trend's popularity is the amount of money companies are willing to spend on using it – in which case, it would appear that cloud computing is beginning to gain a lot of traction with IT executives.
The survey found that companies are expecting to invest an average of $1.5 million in cloud-based services within the next 12 months, an increase of ten per cent compared to last year.
Large companies expect to spend an average of $2.8 million on cloud services while small and medium sized businesses predict they will be shelling out $486,000 on average.
Furthermore, investment in every area of cloud services is expected to see investment in the next year, with SaaS expected to be the most popular category.
However, when it comes to vulnerability management it is clear that security in the cloud remains a top concern for IT executives.
A total of 67 per cent of respondents listed security as being one of their top three concerns about using cloud services, with 56 per cent saying that they couldn't fully embrace the cloud unless they are sure that service providers would be able to meet security requirements.
If you are concerned about the potential security impacts a shift to the cloud (or any other new technology) may have, consider having a thorough security audit of your ICT networks.
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