A new study from data center solutions provider Evolven revealed that more than a third of surveyed companies are already using private cloud computing, and many more are planning to get on board.
In a surveyed audience of IT professionals from more than 2,000 organizations, 34 percent indicated their companies currently use some sort of private cloud solution, while an additional 15 percent said they currently have plans to follow suit.
This increasing deployment of private cloud environments shows a desire among IT professionals to leverage the efficiency and performance benefits of the cloud. However, as Evolven pointed out, there are a number of risks involved with making the transition from traditional IT solutions to those based in the cloud.
Evolven stated that ensuring configuration integrity and control in a private cloud environment can be especially challenging. Because many of the mechanisms in a private cloud are virtualized, IT management may have trouble monitoring the activities of the solution and, thus, be unable to ensure they are compliant with regulations.
"The transition to on-premise private cloud-based IT delivery actually represents a dramatic shift for most IT organizations, and this transition is fraught with a number of risks," said Evolven CEO Sasha Gilenson in a press release. "The growth of private clouds means more support for dynamically changing environment architectures and configurations, and this will require automated configuration management processes that focus on control components.”
Challenges are not only limited to private cloud environments, however. The public cloud is not without its share of criticism, particularly pertaining to data security and ownership. According to a recent Trend Micro study, 50 percent of surveyed businesses have data security apprehensions about the cloud.