Little question remains as to the high level of popularity and importance of cloud computing moving forward. However, even with companies around the globe moving to implement hosted services, concerns over cloud security continue to hold back the technology.
That was reaffirmed in a recent poll published by the Storage Network Industry Association. The organization's poll of 133 chief information officers and chief technology officers revealed that 75 percent of responding companies are either planning to or already utilize the cloud. All companies with 500 or more employees said they were at least planning to deploy the technology in the near future.
Still, the adoption rate of the cloud isn't quite as strong as it could be, according to the report. Concerns over cloud security and the performance of the technology continue to hold it back.
The root of both issues, SNIA concluded, is the same.
"Perpetuating these issues is the lack of a standard for public cloud data interchange. Each provider has its own version of an HTTP command structure that is foreign to existing applications," Deni Connor and James E. Bagley wrote for Network World, in response to the findings.
High-profile cloud outages t this year continue to fuel such concerns. It remains a common notion that cloud computing adoption will not increase so long as there is a perceived level of insecurity.
But some vendors are working to iron out these wrinkles.
"[O]ur primary concern is the security of data," Anand Kapoor, vice president of technology at business process outsourcing firm WNS Global Services, said.
Several groups are currently working to hash out cloud standards. Well known corporations, such as Citigroup and Deere, the makers of John Deere Tractors, are among the members of the Cloud Standards Customer Council.