Cloud adoption gathers pace

Thursday 28 April 2016

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It has been revealed that companies in all industries are adopting cloud services, even those that are regulated.

For a long time, the issue of security was one of the biggest barriers to adoption of cloud services and the risks of using the cloud were stronger than the benefits. Public cloud services were once considered to be the biggest risk, but are now considered to help with productivity and efficiency.

The annual Cloud Adoption Report shows that the adoption of public cloud services has doubled in industries that are unregulated. The percentage of companies that use at least one type of cloud service has gone up to 50%. In regulated industries, the adoption of cloud services has gone up to 39%, an increase of 15% from 2014.

Companies are finding it difficult to ignore the cost-effectiveness of public cloud services and the fact that cloud vendors are developing very easy to use cloud apps. Dedicated cloud security companies are helping to ease fears on that particular front. Markets that are increasing the use of cloud technology include education, healthcare, government and financial services.

It has been predicted that around 85% of large companies will make use of the services of a cloud access security broker. The percentage of businesses that are using these services today is less than 5%. The security broker can deal with issues such as data leakage, access controls, cloud encryption and mobile data protection. Using a security broker can help companies to remain competitive and to innovate just by taking advantage of cloud services.

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