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There is concern about government data surveillance but companies are still moving to public cloud, according to recent research — some of it underwritten by, you got it, a public cloud vendor.

Pity the poor IT executive who must figure out whether to put more of the company’s data and applications in a public cloud. He or she has to deal not only with the niceties of pricing, deployment, and service level agreements (SLAs) but also with stories like this one in which a Verizon exec says cloud customers must take responsibility for their own data security. Sure it makes sense — think about it — but stories like this may spook already jumpy CEOs about public cloud deployments.

It is a conundrum.

There are a lot of projections showing that PRISM is hurting cloud adoption but then again other research discounts such fears.

Now, here’s another survey that falls into the latter category coming from The Wall Street Journal’s CIO Journal. This poll shows public cloud is gaining steam and that concern about PRISM data snooping by the U.S. National Security Agency isn’t having a huge impact on that. (Caveat: the sample size is small thus far though that’s probably to be expected for CIOs and results as far as I can tell are not validated. But still.)

To summarize, 62.5 percent (or 35) respondents said they increased their use of public cloud over the past year while 26.8 percent (15 respondents) did not. Perhaps more tellingly, a healthy 84.4 percent (or 38 people) said they plan to increase public cloud use in the upcoming year while 8.9 percent said they did not plan to do so. Less than a quarter of those responding (20.5 percent) said worry over government surveillance affected their public cloud plans while 68.2 percent said it had no affect.

The poll, which is still running, can be found here, (registration required) if you scroll down.

That survey follows other recent research (linked below), by Verizon itself — which just launched an ambitious public cloud, that corporate use of cloud has expanded well beyond the test-and-dev stage and that 60 percent of cloud usage overall is now related to actual, production applications. Verizon tallied responses from its own cloud customers and did not disclose how many it queried. Nowhere in the survey, linked below, does it actually refer to “public cloud” per se, but Verizon CTO John Considine later told CIO Journal that PRISM-related concerns have not slowed public cloud adoption, although he conceded that such adoption might be faster had the controversy not erupted.

  1. I wonder if this is the case because it is business owners who often make the decision to move services to the cloud. From my interactions with customers, InfoSec teams are often not part of the discussion until after it has happened.

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  2. Greg Knieriemen Monday, October 7, 2013

    Another great post. Just wonder how this compares to growth of Private Cloud.

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