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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Great article highlighting the need for everyone to have a much higher computer/data security awareness. Don't forget the biggest concern, or fear: Security. I am wary about cloud computing, but not against it. Just recognize that whenever data or process go outside your four walls, you lose control of security: And you'd better be very, very sure someone is picking it up. Google to a (free) blog that has great security (and other) info, “The Business-Technology Weave” – catch the post, “Cloud Computing and Security: Forecast Cloudy?” Also, check a book we use at work, "I.T. WARS" (you can Google to it, a good part of it is available online at Google Books; Amazon too). It has a great Security chapter, and others that treat security, content management, policy, etc. Highly recommended. Great stuff.
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Thanks very much for your comment Janice - this debate is far from over I feel.adrian
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