Securing the cloud

[Article published in The Review & written by Davey Winder]

The global market for enterprise cloud-based services will grow from US$12.1 billion (€ 9.4 billion) in 2010 to US$35.6 billion (€ 27.5 billion) by 2015, according to the report ‘Enterprise Cloud Services: Worldwide Forecast 2010-2015’ from Analysys Mason. Yet while tech-savvy enterprises such as Amazon, Cisco, IBM, Google and Microsoft have well and truly embraced cloud computing, many businesses have resisted, held back by fear. The fear of data security breaches, that is. The Mimecast ‘Cloud Adoption Survey’, published in July 2010, suggests that business perception hasn’t changed greatly in the past 12 months. While 57% of those who had adopted cloud services said that security had improved as a result, 62% of those who hadn’t still insisted that storing data on external servers was a ‘significant’ risk.

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