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What’s Holding Us Back From Embracing Cloud Computing?

July 9, 2012

The clouds are rolling in. The cloud computing industry is seeing rapid growth and demand from consumers. Cloud computing providers are some of the most innovative and fastest growing companies today and business owners and IT departments alike are discovering the rewards of using them.

While some businesses see the trend as a way to save on IT, others see it as a way to take some of the shackles off. Still, some are resisting cloud computing all together. While some companies will only use the cloud, others will rely on local software as well. Security is a big reason. Integration is another. Let’s take a look at what may be holding consumers back from embracing cloud computing.

Time in the Cloud

A recent survey of 350 CIOs and IT managers says 67% agree that cloud computing will help IT deliver better systems at less expense. On the other hand 96% say that user adoption of software-as-a-service applications are causing complications.

The survey is quoted in an article from Forbes, which also discusses the challenges of the bring-your-device-to-work phenomenon. Such devices are causing headaches for IT, some of which involve security.

It seems, however, that spending time in the cloud helps resolve many issues. The longer companies are using the cloud as their remote backup, the more problems seem to diminish, including those of data integration.

Identity in the Cloud

The 36,000 member Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) is set to discuss issues of identity, authorization and access in their Cloud Identity Summit scheduled for July.

There a issues on how cloud access is granted, to whom, and how to properly identify users with their access levels. The CSA seems to be well aware of identity and security issues involving cloud computing, and is moving toward practical and secure solutions.

Fear of the Cloud

Either through lack of knowledge or fear, some companies are avoiding cloud computing. While some are embracing the cloud, others are shunning it.

Canadian companies in particular are moving slowly into the world of cloud computing and some think it is putting those companies at a disadvantage. Surveys indicate many Canadian companies believe security is the issue, a fear that many believe is unfounded.

In an article from TELUS published in the Sacramento Bee, David Senf, vice-president of Infrastructure and Cloud Solutions, IDC is quoted as saying “Security is critically important, and in fact, is one of many pillars of cloud success. Moreover, most cloud providers are more secure than most Canadian organizations.”

So what IS holding back the cloud?

Not much really: maybe we just need time.

That doesn’t mean people will abandon their in-house software, hardware and remote backup either. One doesn’t have to go “all in” on the cloud. There is a more conservative, gradual approach to the cloud technology. Fear, however, shouldn’t keep today’s business from avoiding it all together.

Every major shift we’ve seen over the past 30 years seems to come in unstoppable waves. The technical issues will be solved as will the issues with fear. For some, it may just take more time.

Tags: Future, Cloud, cloud computing,

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