Cloud Issues Challenge Companies

Cloud Issues Challenge Companies

Cloud Issues Challenge Companies

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

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.

Tony has been writing about the intersection of technology and business for more than 20 years and currently freelances from the Grass Valley, Calif., home where he and his wife are raising their two boys. A 1988 graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism and regular contributor to Baseline since 2007, Tony's somewhat infrequent Twitter posts can be found at http://twitter.com/tkontzer.
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