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Security, Vendor Lock-In Top Public Cloud Concerns

Stratoscale recently identified the top barriers to cloud adoption by enterprises in a recent study.
Stratoscale surveyed over 650 IT professionals from a variety of industries and sizes for its Hybrid Cloud Survey. The survey is available here with registration. It found that, despite cloud technology becoming more common, only a small percentage of enterprises have moved significant amounts of their workloads to public clouds.
14 percent of participants have not yet started migrating to public cloud, while 65 percent have only moved 20 percent or less. There is a difference between small businesses (those that have fewer than 100 employees) versus large enterprises (those with more than 10,000 employees). Smaller companies are more adept at migrating than larger ones.
However, both types of organizations seemed to agree on the shortcomings of the public cloud compared to private and on-premises environments. Just over half of respondents (51%) cited security improvement, followed by 43 percent who said cost reduction.
[Click on the image to see a larger version.] Source: Stratoscale Source: Stratoscale A majority of respondents (61%) said that they are more likely to keep sensitive or regulated data on-premises rather than on the public cloud. This is not surprising given security concerns.
[Click on the image to see a larger version.] Source: Stratoscale These security concerns are not unfounded, especially considering the recent spate data leaks and security vulnerabilities linked to public cloud leader Amazon Web Services. Insecure data from the Republican National Committee and Verizon were compromised in the past two months due to misconfigured Amazon S3 buckets.
Public cloud vendor lock-in was another factor cited by more than 80 percent of respondents as a major deterrent, especially for organizations with fewer 100 employees. This is consistent with recent surveys that found that businesses are becoming more wary of the perceived lack flexibility in the public clouds market, which consists mainly of AWS and Microsoft Azure.
“The results of our survey confirm what customers are saying — although many have begun their journey to public cloud, the vast majority still run mission critical workloads in private solutions and sensitive data in public clouds, primarily because of security reasons,” stated Ariel Maislos, CEO at Stratoscale. “It is clear that hybrid cloud models are the future for most enterprises, regardless their size.