As the cloud achieves mainstream status, proven business benefits are speaking volumes. Low total cost of ownership is the obvious reward, with companies buying in at rock-bottom levels and paying as they grow–not to mention cutting operational budgets. More important to some companies, though, is the strong performance of cloud models, which deliver high availability, great scalability, and speed and flexibility in deployment.
Yet, respondents in a recent poll by IDG Research Services of Framingham, Mass. Continue to voice concerns over data protection (65 percent) and security (62 percent), and to a lesser degree, compliance, availability, and hidden costs. However, with early successes, many of the obstacles that once hindered cloud adoption have been alleviated as vendors mature, building new levels of security and availability into seasoned solutions.
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