Cloud's Benefits Outweigh Perceived Negatives
Organizations will continue to migrate tech infrastructure and services to the cloud, with the private cloud clearly remaining the preferred choice, according to a recent survey conducted by Palmer Research and QuinStreet Enterprise. Software as a service (SaaS) leads all other categories with respect to IT functions that are transitioning to the as-a-service model, but a growing number of companies are adopting infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS). As for obstacles? There are still serious concerns about security and privacy (as cited by seven out of 10 survey participants), as well as uptime and data control (cited by six out of 10). Still, the cloud's considerable performance benefits—including flexibility and agility, scalability, reliability, cost savings and operating system support—are starting to outweigh the perceived negatives. The findings also reveal which cloud vendors remain the go-to choices: While Amazon and Google rank high, neither one commands the top spot. More than 340 IT professionals took part in the research.