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Survey: Cloud Adoption Very Slow

By Craig Galbraith
October 04, 2011 - News

Despite having confidence in cloud security, most businesses are moving slowly when it comes to cloud adoption.

That’s just one of the findings from a new survey by Symantec, the company best known for its Norton antivirus software. Symantec’s 2011 State of Cloud Survey says a majority of the 5,300 IT and C-level respondents polled rank security as a top concern and moving to the cloud as a goal. But it also showed that IT organizations may not be adequately prepared for the move to the cloud, as almost half said their staffs aren’t ready to do it.

“These survey findings reinforce what our customers are telling us. Security is one of their top concerns when it comes moving to the cloud," said Francis deSouza, group president, Enterprise Products and Services, Symantec. “To be confident in the cloud, IT organizations must take measures to ensure they have the same visibility and control of their information and applications whether they are in the cloud or residing on their own infrastructure."

Surprisingly, 87 percent of respondents in this global survey expect moving to the cloud will either make their information safer or, at the least, have no negative impact on security. But at the same time, malware, hacker-based theft and loss of confidential data are top-of-mind.

Less than one in five respondents said their staff were “extremely prepared" for a transition to the cloud. Almost half said they weren’t ready. Lack of experience was the biggest factor, with just one in four IT teams having any cloud experience. That’s why many organizations are turning to outside resources for assistance. Three in four said they’re looking to VARs, independent consultants and others for support.

More than three in four organizations are discussing a move to the cloud, the survey found, with nearly that many interested in adopting some sort of cloud service, with security leading the way. But less than one in five has completed implementing each of the cloud focus areas covered by the research. Only one in four is in an implementation phase, and two-thirds are either still in early discussions, trials or aren’t considering the cloud at all.

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