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People Warm to Cloud Concept, But the Risks Are Real

While just 27 percent now use cloud services or plan to within 12 months, an additional 25 percent are evaluating, according to a recent poll. Forty-eight percent say they have no plans. That seems high, until you consider that in a poll in July 2008, 65 percent didn't consider cloud computing a priority. Whether it's the economy, marketing, or the lure of the bandwagon, there is increasing comfort with the cloud concept.
But IT pros are still keenly aware of the risks.
"The two biggest weaknesses of cloud computing are reliability and security," says one respondent. "Is the service going to be available 24/7? What happens when the internet fails in a crisis? If there is a rush on the service, will the service collapse in a political or market crisis? Will our data and other information be compromised? How will we know if it has been compromised?"
Source: Information Week

While just 27 percent now use cloud services or plan to within 12 months, an additional 25 percent are evaluating, according to a recent poll. Forty-eight percent say they have no plans. That seems high, until you consider that in a poll in July 2008, 65 percent didn't consider cloud computing a priority. Whether it's the economy, marketing, or the lure of the bandwagon, there is increasing comfort with the cloud concept.
But IT pros are still keenly aware of the risks.
"The two biggest weaknesses of cloud computing are reliability and security," says one respondent. "Is the service going to be available 24/7? What happens when the internet fails in a crisis? If there is a rush on the service, will the service collapse in a political or market crisis? Will our data and other information be compromised? How will we know if it has been compromised?"
Source: Information Week