Plenty of data protection concerns continue to swirl around the cloud. Whether real or perceived, a company's notions about the technology could directly determine how, if at all, it is implemented.
However, a new ITWeb survey has revealed that many organizations don't harbor data security concerns when it comes to migrating their email platform to the cloud. In fact, 70 percent of respondents to the news provider's recent poll said they are more than willing to work with a hosted email platform.
That easily topped the list, and was followed by hosted service desk at 48.5 percent, customer relationship management at 47.7 percent and a virtualized desktop at 46.2 percent.
Reasoning behind a lack of cloud security concerns when it comes to email is simple, Julian Liebenberg, the general manager for services at Business Connexion, told ITWeb. Many end users rarely if ever come in contact with the actual location where emails are stored on premise, he said.
"Therefore, moving the infrastructure from a client computer room into the cloud changes very little or nothing for the end user," Liebenberg said.
Still, this doesn't mean that data security should be completely ignored when migrating to a hosted email platform. All of the same threats still exist – malware and phishing attacks, among others – that companies must deploy Internet security solutions to defend against.
ITWeb's survey also revealed a high level of enthusiasm for the cloud, as 28.8 percent of respondents said they are currently considering a deployment. Another 24.7 percent said they have already embraced the technology and are planning to expand their cloud use.
Those results were reflected in a recent CompTIA report, which found 56 percent of 500 IT professionals surveyed said their company will increase cloud investments by at least 10 percent during the next 12 months.