A survey of 120 IT professionals conducted by PEER 1 Hosting at the Cloud Expo trade-show in January revealed some common concerns among people when weighing up the cost of the cloud.
Security threats topped the list with 92% of IT decision makers citing them as a reason preventing from adopting the cloud, while 42% claimed they were put off by the cost of migrating to the cloud.
89% of decision makers said Flexibility in the cloud encourages them to make a purchase and 71% cited scalability as a key factor. 12.5% of the respondents believe that cloud is a solution to the capex/opex debate.
The very fact that only 20% of the respondents trusted the cloud enough to make a full transition – with 78% preferring to opt for a hybrid cloud solution highlights the high demand for simplified, cost-effective business cloud services.
“The security risks presented by the cloud are the same as those associated with using Gmail, Facebook or Dropbox, yet people still store even their most personal details in these public domains,” said Mr. Dominic Monkhouse, MD EMEA and SVP customer experience, PEER 1 Hosting.
“In our research we’re seeing that although companies understand the multiple benefits of the cloud, they’re still being put off by security risks. These results show that the industry needs to do more to communicate the fact that enterprise cloud solutions use even more stringent security protocols than consumer software. Our public cloud offering utilises the best security solutions available,” he added.
PEER 1 Hosting recently launched its enterprise grade public cloud Mission Critical Cloud which provides best-in-class security, built in disaster recovery and cloud management functions for day-to-day automation. The solution is powered by Tier 3’s cloud services, which are virtualised with VMware to provide security, performance and reliability in the cloud.