Cloud Issues Challenge Companies

 
 
 

The verdict is in: The cloud has become an accepted part of the IT toolkit, but a closer look under the hood indicates that a number of cloud aspects continue to confound and expose businesses. Security vendor Symantec recently released its "Avoiding the Hidden Costs of Cloud 2013" survey, and the findings make it clear that companies continue to find storing, protecting and recovering data in the cloud to be major challenges. That said, it's also evident that companies are willing to deal with these issues as they increasingly flock to the cloud. To be fair, companies themselves are partly to blame, as they admit to needing to improve in areas such as data deduplication and meeting eDiscovery requests. But the survey findings should also send a message to cloud vendors: More attention needs to be paid to compliance, data recovery, security and storage complexity. The survey was conducted last fall by market researcher ReRez, which polled 3,236 organizations of all size from 29 countries.

Cloud Issues Challenge Companies

The Cloud is now mainstream.  94% of companies are at least discussing cloud or cloud services.

Cloud Issues Challenge Companies
 
 
Tony has been writing about technology and business for nearly 20 years and currently freelances from his home in the San Francisco Bay Area. Having spent the dot-com boom and bust years in Silicon Valley, he's had a front-row seat for the evolution of the technologies that have been the foundation of IT-powered business—from the growth of client/server computing, through the birth of the commercial Internet, to the emergence of cloud computing and social media. He has been a regular contributor to CIO Insight and Baseline Magazine since 2007, and he posts frequently on CIO Insight's BizTech 3.0 blog. A 1988 graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism, Tony spends his spare time relaxing with his wife, playing with his two sons, tinkering around his home in Albany, Calif., and, when time allows, playing saxophone and traveling. His somewhat infrequent Twitter posts can be found at http://twitter.com/tkontzer.
 
 
 

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