February 17, 2012, 12:00 AM — Cloud computing is such an attractive, all-encompassing integrated enterprise, data-center-quality, dynamic computing paradigm that every company seems to want to jump on board.
They're doing it, to be sure, but not nearly as quickly or enthusiastically as most analysts expected even a year ago (when adoption rates were, similarly, a disappointment from the previous year).
The issue isn't how big or complicated the company or its IT is. In a report comparing spending on software by SMBs vs. enterprise (big) companies, Gartner estimated SMBs are adopting cloud at a higher rate than enterprises. About 34 percent of SMB software budgets go for cloud-based apps or services; only 27 percent of enterprise budgets swing that way.
The biggest concern – for both big companies and small ones, those building internal cloud infrastructures and those using cloud services provided by others – is security.
According to an October Symantec report on cloud preparedness, 82 percent of IT people involved in cloud called security was one of the biggest challenges – higher by four percentage points than performance – the second-most-frequently mentioned challenge.