Security, compliance and auditing, contracts and service level agreements appear to be keeping 70 percent of companies with more than 1,000 employees from starting a cloud computing initiative, according to Gartner.
That tidbit was one of the big takeaways from a presentation on the cloud computing outlook. Here are the biggest concerns about cloud computing via a presentation at Gartner's Symposium in Orlando:
In a nutshell, companies want custom contracts, something that doesn't really apply when operating a public cloud service. Honestly, I was a bit surprised to see the security thing as a big worry. Cloud providers can probably do security better than your company can.
Nevertheless, Gartner's findings illustrate why there are so many vendors talking about private clouds---also known as data center upgrades.
Other key tidbits worth noting:
Managing cloud computing providers is going to get complicated. So complicated that you'll need a brokerage. Gartner is pitching the concept of cloud computing brokerages. Here's how this brokerage concept would work: