Security Concerns Still High, But Not Slowing Enterprise Cloud Adoption Much

Reliability and business continuity are driving the demand for cloud adoption among enterprises, while security remains the No. 1 barrier for those hesitant to go all-in.

That’s according to a new survey from Redshift Research, commissioned by NaviSite, the managed-services arm of Time Warner Cable.

Among cloud services, infrastructure as a service is the primary motivator to make the move, but virtual desktops and desktops as a service (DaaS) are also factors since they address the needs of a workforce that is increasingly mobile. More on that in a bit.

One-third of those IT decision makers in the U.S. who were surveyed said that they have already migrated between half and 70 percent of their IT infrastructure to the cloud. They’ve all benefitted from improved reliability, uptime and service levels. Nearly two-thirds identified private cloud as one of their top priorities in 2015.

Security, however, remains an albatross around adoption’s neck. Almost all of those surveyed said they had some level of concern in the security of enterprise data in the cloud. Nearly half said it was among their top three concerns. It’s also a key priority for enterprises considering the migration of IT workloads to either an IaaS model or when considering colocation, the survey revealed.

Those concerns clearly haven’t slowed the cloud’s steady growth. That’s due in part to the increasing number and sophistication of offerings combined with evolving best practices.

The demand for mobility will play a huge future in cloud adoption. One quarter of U.S. survey respondents said one of the primary considerations when evaluating DaaS solutions is the ability to secure corporate data while extending a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policy to employees. More than half still don’t have a BYOD policy in place; implementing BYOD remains a priority, with nearly half of respondents citing they are considering this in the coming year.

“Organizations are not only moving their existing mission-critical production workloads to an IaaS model but are also standing up their next-generation of applications directly on the cloud,” said Sumeet Sabharwal, general manager, NaviSite. “While enterprises have made significant headway towards realizing a cloud-enabled IT infrastructure, the survey does highlight pressing challenges around security, compliance, and enabling workforce mobility that continue to remain top-of-mind for IT decision makers.”

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