Cloud computing is probably one of the most disruptive changes in the IT industry. One reason is that cloud computing provides scalable IT-resources delivered “as a service”. Another reason is that cloud computing provides ideal availability across platforms and users.
However, while enterprises world-wide want to adopt cloud services to streamline and optimize their IT operations, they are held back by concerns about the security of their data when it is resident in systems or services beyond their control. This has been reaffirmed by many analysts see e.g. the Cloud Security Alliance’s or the Gartner Group’s reports on the matter.
Leaving the cloud is not necessarily the solution; while the cloud advantages provide the competitive edge, data breaches from on-premise it-systems is more and more common.