A recent survey from the International Association of Outsourcing
Professionals (IAOP) found two-thirds of outsourcing customers currently do
utilize or have plans to implement cloud computing solutions. Eighty percent
of those surveyed indicated their organization intended to deploy more
outsourcing services in the next year.
In a recent Forrester report titled "Sizing the Cloud," it estimates a move
from $40.7 billion spent on the global market for cloud computing in 2011 to
more than $241 billion in 2020. The public cloud, which is under considerable
scrutiny for security risks, will account for more than 66 percent of the
total in 2020.
For many enterprises, moving data and applications is really a question of
"when" instead of "if." The cloud is a sea change in business, and is moving
well beyond a fad stage. Security breaches and large-scale outages might
With Gartner predicting $150 billion in cloud-related revenues by 2013, the
march towards "the cloud" is not abating. As the market grows, "Is the cloud
secure?" is a very familiar refrain frequently asked by corporate management.
While those in IT will certainly tell you no environment will be completely
secure, there are measures you can take when moving to the cloud to mitigate
security risks to reasonable levels. Transitioning to the cloud can often be
more secure than a traditional in-house solution. Cloud providers have
collectively invested billions in implementing standar... (more)