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Wednesday, 06 January 2016 16:58

More businesses are opting to secure their data with the cloud

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More than half of businesses are opting to move their most critical data to the cloud first as businesses realise the cloud offers better overall security than on premise

Security has become an accelerator of cloud adoption, according to Rackspace survey. With nearly four in ten (38%) cloud migrations done to improve security, and more than half of organisations migrating business-critical data to the cloud first, with the younger the business, the more likely they are to trust the cloud.

The ‘Anatomy of a Cloud Migration’ report into how security drives cloud migration projects found that security was in the top three motivations for moving to the cloud (38%), behind reducing IT costs (61%) and increasing resilience or disaster recovery capabilities (50%).

Contrary to popular belief it seems that businesses are happy with the security in cloud and rather than testing the water on cloud with some low-risk data. Instead, they are happy to go the whole hog with the cloud. With more than half (58%) of businesses surveyed migrated business-critical data to the cloud first, either alone or at the same time as non-critical data. Businesses surveyed aged one to five years demonstrated, even more, confidence with three-quarters (74%) migrating business-critical data to the cloud first.

Rackspace Anatomy of Cloud Migration report 2016

Commenting on the results of the survey Brian Kelly, Chief Security Officer, 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. 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.”

While security is a key motivation for moving to the cloud, organisations recognise that there is no room for complacency. Of respondents surveyed, meeting security and privacy requirements remained the biggest apprehension for those organisations which have moved to the cloud. Nearly half of respondents (48%) cited this as a concern, above loss of control to a third party provider (39%), the cost of migration (39%), application performance and availability (36%) and having the in-house skills (27%). Fewer respondents who worked with a third party supplier had security concerns (41%) than those who didn’t (58%), suggesting that using cloud migration specialists can offer peace of mind.

Kelly continues: “There is a growing realisation from organisations that buying into a cloud provider also means inheriting a new security team. 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.”

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