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Symantec survey reveals ‘upsurge in rogue clouds and other hidden costs’

Organizations are widely migrating to the cloud to gain competitive advantages around speed, agility and flexibility according to Symantec Corp’s. Avoiding the Hidden Costs of Cloud 2013 survey.


January 17, 2013  


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Organizations are widely migrating to the cloud to gain competitive advantages around speed, agility and flexibility according to Symantec Corp’s. Avoiding the Hidden Costs of Cloud 2013 survey.

The company says that more than 90% of all organizations are at least discussing cloud, up from 75% a year ago.

Other survey findings revealed that enterprises and SMBs are experiencing escalating costs tied to rogue cloud use, complex backup and recovery, and inefficient cloud storage.

Rogue clouds are defined as business groups implementing public cloud applications that are not managed by or integrated into the company’s IT infrastructure.

Industry experts predict several key issues will arise in 2013 focused on the financial pressures and security challenges of cloud computing.

“Business continuity is seen as an important issue with the increase in cloud outages posing greater risks than security breaches,” the company said.

“Over the holidays, a leading cloud service provider experienced an outage, which they quickly remediated. This outage impacted businesses and posed important concerns around data loss prevention, backup, time spent on data recovery and the associated costs. However, with advance preparation, organizations can build safe, agile and efficient clouds that will enable them to meet their business goals.”

Further information on the study is available at www.symantec.com.