There’s no one size fits all answer to this question, but recent security concerns have quite a few people heading back to private cloud service. In an ideal world, most businesses would tap hybrid cloud services except for one little thing: Security. Vanson Bourne conducted a 1,000 person interview in early 2015 and found that 57 percent of businesses are moving back to private clouds because they’re worried about breaches, hacks, privacy and general safeguarding. According to the one thousand senior IT professionals, cloud computing is a great tool but there are simply too many vulnerability issues to make it a worthwhile endeavor.
However, it’s important to note that the majority of businesses do use cloud in one way or another—however, data isn’t always stored in the cloud. The study showed that the vast majority of businesses would adopt cloud services if it was more secure, but in reality just 28 percent of them store data in clouds now. In fact, just 42 percent of their infrastructure is virtualized, and many of them point to security concerns (not lack of funding, time or other obstacles) as the reason.
On the other hand, many of them do list adoption issues and lack of application readiness as a reason for their hesitation. It comes as no surprise that a lot of businesses rely on outdated systems and infrastructures because 1) tech is always evolving and 2) it can be expensive, frustrating and time consuming to update or change systems. It was discovered that on average, just 39 percent of all applications are actually ready to move into a cloud service today. However, even if that weren’t an issue, 72 percent of respondents say there are still too many security concerns to deal with and 69 percent explicitly cited “data protection”. An additional 50 percent said their company just couldn’t afford it.
The report notes, “Migrating compute and data storage away from corporately owned servers is an act of faith in the robustness of a cloud vendor’s solutions. Data kept in house is often perceived as being safer and more secure; it is on local servers, is not subject to the unpredictability of the publicly used Internet structure, is protected behind firewalls, can be monitored against security breaches and is held in accordance with local laws. This was a major point of concern when the cloud was first introduced, and the research shows that it has been such a concern that most organizations have stopped using at least some of the cloud services they have adopted.”
According to the study researchers, offering “robustness of their solutions” might be enough to attract businesses back to the cloud (both public and private). While about 60 percent of respondents said data protection was a “significant concern”, an additional 27 percent listed it as a “top consideration.” Knowing where and how data is stored is critical for many things, from data mining to abiding by local laws. The researchers say, “This may be why less than half of an average organization’s compute and data storage is in the cloud at present: the data still on premise is potentially subject to greater data protection legislation. If they are to implement cloud computing further, enterprises will need continuing reassurance on how and where their data is being held in the cloud.”
Timing is perfect since the EU is adopting stricter, new data laws as is the US. However, there are many cloud service providers who hold security in the highest esteem, but have trouble getting the facts out there. Is it a matter of consumer education, better security, or both? Unfortunately, major breaches like Sony and Apple dirty the water for a number of “little guys” like cloud startups that have solutions but few people listening.