European companies starting to adopt cloud computing

While much debate still circles around the terms open source, virtualisation and cloud computing, there are signs that some of these arguably still-nascent technologies are starting to gain a stronger foothold within the IT departments of European businesses.

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New pan European research commissioned by data centre networking company Brocade suggests that some of the aforementioned technologies are starting to come online.

According to Brocade, “The research shows that 60 per cent of enterprises expect to have started the planning and migration to a distributed – or cloud – computing model within the next two years. Key business drivers for doing so are to reduce cost (30 per cent), improve business efficiency (21 per cent) and enhance business agility (16 per cent).”

Security appears to remain the biggest fear among all business on the tipping point of these technology plateaus.

Brocade argues that the days when the majority of computing power was in the data centre are behind us and that today, we have exceptionally smart end points with lots of computing power that are remote, distributed and mobile. How we, as an industry, address security fears and the complexities of seriously reengineering our networks appears to be the greatest hurdle.

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