Security a Key Driver for Cloud Planning
The IT professionals surveyed for this report represent companies across the continuum of cloud
computing experience, from early consideration to deployed services. One in five companies surveyed is
already offering cloud services (18 percent). Two in five are currently in the process of implementing (42
percent), and another two in five are in the evaluation stage (38 percent) or planning to evaluate cloud
initiatives (4 percent).3
Not surprisingly, security plays a major role in the selection of a deployment model for 99 percent of
the companies surveyed. However, for 44 percent, security issues are the foundation for their decision
making in selecting a private versus public cloud delivery model.
Role of Security in Decision (n=200)
Security plays a
major role in cloud
Which of the following best represents the role security played or is playing in your decision
to implement your cloud initiatives via a private versus public cloud?
3 Those who are not yet investigating cloud computing or have decided not to implement cloud computing were excluded from the survey sample.