The hot topic at CIO Summit 2013 Thought Leadership Session 1B—Deriving Business Value from the Cloud. The premier speaker-Vice President and Managing Director of ASEAN for NetApp, Scott Morris, who recently granted us an interview in which he spelled out the implications of rising cloud adoption across the world, and what his company and its partners are doing to empower enterprises today with the wherewithal they need to make the transition from "on-premise to the cloud."
Talk about the key issues facing enterprises moving their businesses onto the cloud.
Scott Morris: Cloud computing is to the 21st Century, what electricity was to the 20th: it's revolutionising the way business operates in 2013 and beyond. But, as with any revolution and innovation, there will always be that uncomfortable transition period. While there are many benefits to cloud computing, business fears do exist around security, data privacy, compliance and most importantly cost.
Many organisations today are adopting a "wait and see" approach to cloud computing, but in doing so, they're missing out on the benefits of cloud. These include the following.
Security: With many of the businesses we meet, there is a fear of the loss of commercially sensitive data or client data. They fear that the software managing the cloud servers may have security vulnerabilities which could potentially result in data loss, theft and/or damage. This is a serious concern, especially in a multi-tenant environment as the compromise of one server could theoretically impact other users sharing that physical infrastructure.
Hidden Costs: According to a recent survey by Compuware, over 79 percent of CIOs are wary of the hidden costs associated with cloud computing. The fear here might be a result of the subscription model attached to certain cloud service providers or alternately, the initial implementation costs associated with a move from On Premise to the Cloud. However, what we know is this-part of the cloud's appeal is the financial element. It allows organisations to shed at least some of their expensive IT infrastructure and shift computing costs to more manageable operational expenses.
Compliance: With an increasing amount of sensitive commercial and personal data moving to the cloud, regulators and authorities around the world have responded to concerns about the security of cloud computing by introducing new laws, regulations and compliance laws to ensure security and privacy. The introduction of these new laws has resulted in a new range of compliancy needs for businesses in Asia.
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