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A Rackspace survey has revealed cost saving is the primary reason businesses migrate to the cloud, while half of IT decision makers thought cloud-based services would improve resilience or disaster recovery and 38 per cent thought the cloud presented a more secure solution for their business.
61 per cent of the business decision makers questioned by Rackspace said they made the decision to migrate to save costs and it seems the most popular trend was to move their most business critical applications to virtual servers first.
Although security was not the top reason companies moved to the cloud, it is taking a more important role than before, Rackspace said.
“Cloud has long been associated with a loss of control over information, but more and more businesses are now realising this is a misconception," Brian Kelly, chief security officer at Rackspace said. "Organisations are increasingly seeing the cloud as a means to keeping their systems and information safe and in the year ahead security will be an accelerator, not an inhibitor, of cloud adoption.”
However, concerns over the safeguarding of information transmitted to cloud-based servers continued to be a barrier for many. Almost half (48 per cent) of the organisations questioned said meeting security and privacy requirements was their biggest concern about making the move, while 39 per cent were worried migrating to the cloud would mean transferring those controls over to third parties.
“There is a growing realisation from organisations that buying into a cloud provider also means inheriting a new security team," Kelly continued.
"Many businesses do not have the expertise or budgets to combat a growing number of sophisticated cyber-attacks in-house, but using the cloud - with the support of a team which is able to dedicate a large number of resources to security - will help to keep data safe at a fraction of the cost.”