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Cloud adoption still dogged by security worries among CIOs

Nagging worries about security in the public cloud among CIOs are still hampering its growth with vendor lock-in another key issue that many prominent staff members think needs addressing.

A panel at the Bloomberg Technology Summit in London focused on the cloud and enterprise as well as the wholesale shift that many organisations perform to adopt ‘Cloud 2.0’.

The Register reports that all the panellists identified general security of the public cloud as a major brake on adoption and the recent revelations of the US National Security Agency [NSA] thumbing through data was not a major concern.

Chris Moyer, CTO EMEA for HP’s Enterprise Service added that “security breaches always cause problems in our industry” and are “the biggest threat from a public cloud perspective.” Though Moyer added that the breaches themselves are the biggest issue and not whether it was Edward Snowden style whistle blowing or the failure of a credit card firm, for example. He also stated that security ranks alongside data management as one of the two big questions that are asked by enterprises.

It was something echoed by Infosys senior VP and head of cloud Vishnu Bhat, who stated “we don’t see a major change… security is always top of mind” when asked about whether the Snowden revelations had an effect on enterprise attitudes towards the cloud.

One of the prominent issues mentioned during the discussions surrounded the possibility of the European Union [EU] legislating to allow data to be moved and deleted from the original vendor once it has been moved – also known as vendor lock-in. This is one issue that worries company CIOs more than anything else.

Even with the security concerns the panellists agreed that there is still more than enough hype surrounding the cloud whether it be the extent of virtualisation or the lengths to which companies are switching the entire infrastructure over to the cloud.