The latest research by IDC, looking into cloud adoption, has revealed that only 10% of European organizations are ready to migrate their business with a view to adopt a multiple cloud infrastructure. The vast majority of those surveyed stated they were sticking to just one cloud vendor.
The key findings showed that 80% of organizations are currently operating between a hybrid and fully cloud based infrastructure, leaving 10% who have not given the idea of multiple cloud adoption any thought.
It is understandable that some businesses may have some hesitation towards migrating to the cloud, but with adoption set to increase, it is inevitable that all organizations will eventually be using cloud services. The UK seems set to be leading the way in cloud adoption, with IT budgets set to increase to match the demand for cloud services. IDC’s survey results echoes this as 29% of respondents who operate in the UK stated that they anticipate migration in the next 12 months.
However, there could be other underlying fears for businesses when it comes to the cloud.
Skills gap and security an issue?
In the past month, we saw evidence that the main issues enterprises experience around cloud migration is the lack of qualified IT and security professionals available to control and maintain the service. This in turn halts cloud adoption - with data theft ranking as the top concern when using the cloud.
Having highly skilled staff should not be a barrier to cloud adoption. In fact, the cloud can and should take some burden off of IT or security staff and there is technology available to help. For instance, security in the cloud tends to take a bad name in the press lately, with many companies criticized for leaving cloud servers exposed to the internet or storing valuable encryption keys within the very information that they are trying to protect.
Yet, an encryption gateway like the eperi Gateway can help relieve some security pressures, as it will protect sensitive information as it moves to the cloud and for its entire lifecycle.
Provided a few key rules are followed, like not storing the encryption keys in the cloud service, using multiple cloud services can be a lower cost, more efficient and agile alternative to on- premise solutions.
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