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Security Remains A Drag On Cloud Adoption 

Despite surging cloud usage rates, security concerns remain the leading barrier to wider adoption of cloud computing as IT decision makers cope with a shortage of reliable safeguards to prevent security breaches to their cloud networks.

Meanwhile, the annual Dell Global Technology Adoption Index released last week also found a "strong correlation" between cloud adoption and company growth, with 72 percent of companies expanding their cloud infrastructure growing a 6 percent or greater clip over the last three years.

Nevertheless, security concerns and a general lack of experience with cloud offerings continue to be a drag on the adoption of cloud and related technologies, according to the Dell index. The hardware giant found that more than half of respondents (52 percent) worried most about cloud security. Adoption of related technologies like mobile and big data were found to be slightly less immune to security concerns.

The index also found that enterprises are relying heavily on third parties like an IT partner for information on cloud deployments. While security was the biggest drag on cloud adoption, Dell said limited experience with cloud computing was cited by one-third of respondents as a reason why they haven't implemented cloud services.

For those mid-sized organizations that have rolled out cloud networks, half said they are using one type of cloud platform while 26 percent have deployed two cloud types, either public, private or hybrid. "Those using multiple clouds are reaping more benefits," the Dell index asserted.


Fully 97 percent of the companies surveyed by Dell said they have cloud networks up and running (79 percent) or are considering cloud deployments (18 percent). Interestingly, cloud adoption rates over the last year have been highest in Latin America (90 percent), according to the cloud adoption index.

By country, the highest cloud growth rates were in Brazil and Mexico (both 90 percent) followed closely by emerging markets like China (82 percent).

Despite largely unmet concerns about cloud security, the Dell index underscored some of the operational benefits of cloud adoption. Among those surveyed, 44 percent said cloud adoption resulted in better allocation of limited IT resources while 42 percent cited cost savings and 40 percent flagged operational efficiencies.

The Dell index also examined adoption of mobile and big data technologies and, especially in the case of big data, how those technologies are shaping cloud adoption. Responding to concerns about cloud security, 43 percent said they are leveraging private clouds as they roll out big data initiatives; 24 percent said they are relying on traditional servers instead of public clouds (11 percent) to store big data.

Dell said it surveyed more than 2,000 mid-size public and private organizations for its first global index. The results were released during the Dell World company event in Austin, Texas.

About the author: George Leopold

George Leopold has written about science and technology for more than 30 years, focusing on electronics and aerospace technology. He previously served as executive editor of Electronic Engineering Times. Leopold is the author of "Calculated Risk: The Supersonic Life and Times of Gus Grissom" (Purdue University Press, 2016).

2 Responses to Security Remains A Drag On Cloud Adoption

  1. Dan

    Doesn’t need to be a drag.‘s patented SmartKey architecture, cookie-less technology, and token-free multi-factor authentication ensures that no encryption key is ever stored, anywhere, and no meta-data or tracking is ever collected, providing absolute privacy and security of enterprise data across multiple devices, both behind and in front of a corporation’s network security perimeter.

  2. @LennyTechie

    I agree cloud security remains a big legitimate concern. cloud has an element of ICTs convergence. The convergence of ICTs brings a log many many benefits and its full potential is not yet known. However, some of the converging technologies introduce security vulnerabilities. For example, some of the converged devices may have the capability to perform some tasks that are beyond the business requirements of those devices, and such excess capabilities may be exploited by malicious use. The worry is that it may be difficult to address such vulnerabilities. When technologies converge, they introduce security loopholes to the previously better understood, and better secured structured or silo’ed domains, which calls for a unified security approach to the new converged platform. Since the universe of these converged platforms is expanding continuous as the Internet of Things (IoT) continues evolve, security shall continue to be a concern. Cookies and network (Internet/WWW) security is only one of the security domains. The converged platform itself and the fact that the cloud platform is shared my multiple users is still a legitimate concern.


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