A new study commissioned by CloudPassage, a provider of public and private cloud server security, suggests that more business are getting used to idea of deploying on public cloud infrastructures.
While the use for external apps remains the most popular use of public clouds, 36 percent of respondents to the CloudPassage survey said they are using public clouds for applications such as HR, CRM and ERP. 41 percent said they are using public clouds for external applications.
The survey, which was conducted among 200 IT professionals, found that 33 percent of companies are using public clouds for development and testing, 30 percent for e-commerce, 29 percent for media and 21 percent for big data services. However, big data is quickly gaining traction:
"Big data might very well be the catalyst that will push adoption of public cloud into overdrive," said Roman Stanek, CEO of GoodData Corporation, which conducted the survey. "Real-time scalability will be key and a secure cloud will be the enabler."
The survey also indicated that the number of people who will use big data services in public clouds will increase by 70 percent in 2013, while 31 percent more people will use online media and 29 percent more people plan on using public clouds for testing and development.
Even though security concerns are declining, it appears that security overall remains the most significant hurdle in the adoption of cloud services. 69 percent of respondents said that they have a "high" level of concern for security in public clouds, while only 8 percent said they have a "low" level of concern. 45 percent of respondents indicated a "high" level of concern for compliance issues, 38 percent for loss of control, 27 percent for complexity and 25 percent for cost.
"Security and compliance in the public cloud is not just a pipedream, but a reality that will have tremendous impact on the way companies architect their computing environments," added Carson Sweet, CEO of CloudPassage. "The fact that more organizations are deploying business-critical applications on public cloud infrastructure is a sign that the cloud market is poised for a dramatic uptake in adoption."
Wolfgang GruenerWolfgang Gruener is a contributor to Tom's IT Pro. He is currently principal analyst at Ndicio Research, a market analysis firm that focuses on cloud computing and disruptive technologies, and maintains the conceivablytech.com blog. An 18-year veteran in IT journalism and market research, he previously published TG Daily and was managing editor of Tom's Hardware news, which he grew from a link collection in the early 2000s into one of the most comprehensive and trusted technology news sources.
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