IDG survey confirms that visibility and security are top concerns for cloud computing adoption


Businesses which are thinking to adopt cloud computing solutions into their production environments are cautious before making a move due to visibility and cloud security concerns.

As per the latest survey conducted by International Data Group (IDG) companies will move around sixty percent of their IT environment load onto private, public and hybrid IT environments within two years.

The survey which includes 1,000 IT decision makers from various business verticals gave the cloud companies an idea to gain the attention of customers. Among them, those considering public cloud deployments said that their prime concern to adopt the cloud computing technology revolves around the fact of where the data is being stored. Somewhere also interested in knowing the security features of the cloud platform.

A couple of years ago, many storage vendors physically offering data storage appliances predicted that cloud platforms can make customer data extremely vulnerable to hackers.

But now, companies offering cloud services are heavily investing in security in order to make their services hack proof.

However, when it comes to visibility factor, multi-tenant cloud environments still have to work hard on issues such as data monitoring in motion. Under these circumstances, finding out where the data is residing can be a big challenge to data managers.

But there is a strategy which many big cloud providers are employing these days. They are simply storing data in logical pools, which are often stored on multiple servers, sometimes geographically separated. By using a dispersive model to store data, even the cloud provider will find it hard to pinpoint the location of stored data of a specific customer.

Then you can imagine how hard it becomes for hackers to pinpoint of a customer data location.

For customers who are shopping for cloud solutions, they should first know how the cloud infrastructure is being operated, maintained and secured. It is better for them if they first make a note of these points and then plan ahead.

On an additional note, customers who are willing to move their services to a cloud platform should also ensure that the security of cloud services providers meets their compliance requirements before moving ahead with deployments.

Also, customers should focus on the third party certifications accredited to cloud service providers when it comes to visibility and security.

If cloud service platforms offer all these features, then they do qualify to be used as public or private platforms for enterprise applications.

Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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