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Businesses Moving Toward Cloud for Efficiency, But Held Back by Data Security Misconceptions
TEMPE, Ariz., Oct. 29, 2014 — /BackupReview.info/ – Insight, (Nasdaq:NSIT), a leading global technology provider of hardware, software and service solutions during its annual partner forum, Synergy 2015, released the results of a study of corporate IT department attitudes toward cloud based computing. The study showed most businesses are moving toward the cloud for efficiencies, but still lack trust in cloud security. The research, conducted in July 2014 by the Thunderbird School of Global Management, found businesses of all sizes want to improve productivity by moving more functions to the cloud – but the larger the company, the greater the concerns surrounding security.
“The cloud has been an established part of the IT landscape for at least 15 years, yet there remains a considerable amount of mystery surrounding how it works and how secure it is,” said Harish Krishnamurthy, senior vice president, Insight Cloud. “Due to lack of accurate information, businesses often decide against the cloud and are losing out on substantial benefits. The results of this study coupled with the work we are doing with clients leads us to believe that there is a strong need for increased education and awareness about the reality of the issues and benefits of cloud technology.”
As part of Insight’s efforts to help businesses address misconceptions and embrace cloud solutions, the company today launched Insight ON: Cloud, an online resource for news and information on cloud issues and implementations. More information on the study is available on the site at: Business Leaders Weigh in on Cloud: Adoption is High, But Security Still Worrisome.
Insecurity and the Cloud
“When we asked respondents to identify the reasons for moving toward cloud computing and key drawbacks, they noted improved productivity as the primary reason and highlighted security as the main inhibitor. This is interesting as most of the respondents were people within the organization who were familiar with the cloud, and most of the organizations were already using cloud services or applications at some level,” said Krishnamurthy. “This showed us that although businesses are continuing to adopt cloud rapidly to improve productivity, they still have concerns about security and how the cloud works.”
Approaching the Cloud
“Our research highlighted that businesses are realizing improved efficiencies and cost savings as a result of adopting the cloud,” said Krishnamurthy. ”From the interviews, it is apparent that these two benefits are very important considerations influencing cloud adoption and migration. Interviewees noted that they had achieved significant cost reductions for their companies with transitions to the cloud.”
When considering moving toward the cloud, respondents ranked the reasons in order of priority as:
The Cloud Explained with Insight ON: Cloud
For more information on Insight, visit http://www.insight.com/insighton/cloud/ or call 800-INSIGHT.
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