Did You Know Security Isn't Cloud's Primary Concern?

by CXOtoday News Desk    Feb 10, 2016


As the cloud matures into a key enterprise technology, companies are exploring various adoption models—private, public and hybrid. 

According to a study a cloud report by RightScale, more enterprise workloads are shifting to Cloud, especially Private Cloud, leading to a significant rise in hybrid cloud adoption.

Hybrid Cloud Adoption Grew Significantly in 2015.  Private cloud adoption increased from 63 percent to 77 percent, driving hybrid cloud adoption up from 58 percent to 71 percent year-over-year. 

As companies invest time and money in assessing the risk and work towards developing security solutions the primary concern remains to be data security. While security remains a challenge, there seems to be another major concern while dealing with cloud. That is resource.

Going by the RightScale study, security is no longer the top cloud challenge. “Lack of resources/expertise is now the #1 cloud challenge (cited by 32 percent), supplanting security (cited by 29 percent),” states the study.

“No cloud is 100-percent secure. And all companies are susceptible to insider attacks. For that reason, the most secure option is for the data owners themselves to deploy encryption along with a way to create, keep and manage the encryption keys on cloud as well. It is clearly the most secure option, it’s just a question of knowing whether the option is needed,” writes Rahul Kumar, Country Manager & Director, WinMagic, in a column to CXOtoday.

Cloud users leverage 6 clouds on average — 3 public and 3 private. Companies using cloud are leveraging 3 public clouds and 3 private clouds.

The report says that cloud cost challenges are on the rise, but optimization efforts aren’t up to the mark. “26 percent of respondents identify cloud cost management as a significant challenge, a steady increase each year from 18 percent in 2013. Cloud cost management provides a significant opportunity for savings, since few companies are taking critical actions to optimize cloud costs, such as shutting down unused workloads or selecting lower-cost cloud or regions,” it says.

Last month, a global study conducted by venture capital firm North Bridge in partnership with Wikibon stated that the reasons companies are adopting cloud platforms are changing. For example, business agility enabled by cloud platforms leap from fourth to second in importance over the last five years. Cloud use is most prevalent among sales and marketing groups (81.3 percent), business analytics (79.9 percent), customer service (79.1 percent) and human resources (73.5 percent).

While enterprises understand the cost of cloud and the need to secure data, the question is do they have the right resources to carry out those responsibilities?

The  cloud is really about facilitating the creation of business applications providing differentiated capability. “In terms of the skills required, creating applications in the cloud is radically different to those IT teams currently have in place. This skills gap raises the very real possibility that cloud adoption could begin to slow,” wrote Anantharaman Balakrishnan, Country Head, EMC Global Services India in Dec 2015. 

“Business cannot afford to let this situation develop any further. The ability to create cloud-native applications is quickly asserting itself as a key – if not the key – competitive differentiator for enterprises. In 2016 businesses need to recompose their ability to create software using the cloud tools of the future. This means re-training their IT teams or looking to third party developers to provide the necessary expertise,” he said.