Security continues to be the biggest hurdle preventing users from adopting cloud technology with worries about data remaining the top of the worry list.
Ever since cloud became a mainstream concept the question of security, both of where the data resides and the protective measures the hosted has taken, have dominated users thoughts about the technology and they show little sign of diminishing.
Research from Network Instruments has shown that security continues to be the big concern for almost three quarters of users who are worried about where their data resides during the transfer across to a hosted environment.
"While IT teams embrace cloud services and video conferencing as a way to increase cost savings and business flexibility, these technologies introduce new components and environments which make ensuring positive end-user experience all the more challenging," said Brad Reinboldt, senior product manager of Network Instruments.
His particular call to arms was for more care to be taken monitoring the network: "The reported lack of monitoring tools, quality metrics, and visibility create serious obstacles that prevent IT from effectively managing performance and jeopardize costly technology investments."
Michel Robert, managing director of Claranet, said that it is impossible for end users to address concerns over 'security' without first understanding what threats need to be combatted and data location and the security of the connecting network were paramount.
"Cloud providers need to be able to address users' legitimate concerns over data location, as moving data to a cloud service can often mean it is hosted in another country and therefore under different data laws," he said.