Security and the Cloud: Turning an Obstacle into a Proof Point

Amy Larsen DeCarlo
Amy Larsen DeCarlo

Summary Bullets:

  • Security remains both one of the top barriers to entry into the cloud and perhaps the greatest differentiator for enterprise-class cloud services.
  • Though the lack of common industry-wide standards remains a challenge, savvy cloud providers are finding innovative ways to demonstrate their ability to protect customer assets in an on-demand environment.

For understandable reasons, many organizations are wary enough about security today in the cloud to put off enterprise-wide migration plans far into the future.  With the on-demand model still a mystery to many and no clear cut industry-wide standards to establish baseline cloud computing specifications, enterprises are not willing to risk exposing critical assets to the unknown.  In Current Analysis’ 2012 survey on enterprise cloud adoption, security was cited as the single biggest concern associated with moving to a cloud strategy. Continue reading “Security and the Cloud: Turning an Obstacle into a Proof Point”

Interop New York: Successful Cloud Transformations Start with Well-Defined Migration Paths

Amy Larsen DeCarlo
Amy Larsen DeCarlo

Summary Bullets:

  • Organizations emerging from experimental to broader cloud deployments are running into hurdles in full-scale on-demand implementations
  • Acute challenges relate to enterprises’ lack of internal cloud expertise

For all of its many potential benefits, the cloud also comes with a myriad obstacles and challenges attached that are daunting enough to keep enterprises relegating on-demand services to support only the most basic tactical use cases. Yet, however complex or difficult cloud computing may seem to be, the advantages are so compelling that even the most risk-averse have to at least consider whether there might be an enterprise-wide fit for the model in their organizations. Continue reading “Interop New York: Successful Cloud Transformations Start with Well-Defined Migration Paths”