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This article is part of the December 2011 issue of An insider look at the Windows Vista security review
The cloud is inescapable. Headlines catalog every advance and setback in the as-a-service paradigm with equal fervor. Providers trumpet the model as a panacea for every painful budget cut and desperate business need. And IT professionals scramble to come up with a cloud strategy that will not only help their business slash expenses, but also support the kind of operational agility their enterprise needs to get ahead in the marketplace. Yet today, most businesses are still only using the cloud to support a small percentage of their IT needs. Current Analysis’ recent survey of North American enterprises, “Enterprise Adoption of Cloud Applications and Services, June 2011” found businesses are using cloud services to support fewer than 10 percent of their IT requirements today. While adoption is expected to accelerate in the coming years, organizations are still wary of the cloud as the right delivery environment for many business applications. Hands down, the dominant concern is security. Businesses question whether their data is safe in the cloud, and ... Access >>>
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