Of the 312 respondents, 51 percent cited security and data privacy concerns when answering the question, "What do you see as your greatest barrier to moving to cloud?" The next-highest barrier to adoption of cloud computing, cited by 21 percent of the respondents, was integration of cloud-based applications with existing systems.
Concerns about the ability to bring systems back in-house and regulatory/compliance issues were cited by 18 percent and 10 percent of respondents, respectively.
The poll results corroborated the outcome of another quick poll Unisys conducted in a June 2009 webinar on protecting data in the cloud, which was attended by more than 100 major firms and government agencies. Answering the question, "What is your greatest concern about moving workloads to the cloud?" 72 percent of the respondents to that poll cited security concerns. Other considerations ranked significantly lower on the scale of urgency " for example, integration issues were next highest at 34 percent.
"These poll results confirm what we continue to hear from our clients as well as industry analysts," said Sam Gross, vice president, Global IT Outsourcing Solutions. "Until they are convinced that there is 'industrial-strength' security in the cloud, CIOs will remain reluctant to move more than development and test systems into that environment. This is why we have made comprehensive security and data protection integral parts of the Unisys cloud computing strategy and solutions."
Unisys recently announced cloud computing strategy and solutions portfolio are designed to help clients break through the barriers to adoption of cloud computing while safeguarding operations and lowering IT costs. The Unisys cloud computing strategy enables clients to choose the type of data center computing services that best meet their business objectives, from self-managed, automated IT infrastructures to Unisys-managed cloud services.
Underpinning this strategy is Unisys Stealth Solution, an innovative, patent-pending data protection technology which was initially designed for military and government applications and is now available to commercial clients.
For more information on Unisys cloud computing solutions, click on the following link: http://www.unisys.com/unisys/theme/index.jsp?id=16000032.
About Unisys Unisys is a worldwide information technology company. We provide a portfolio of IT services, software, and technology that solves critical problems for clients. We specialize in helping clients secure their operations, increase the efficiency and utilization of their data centers, enhance support to their end users and constituents, and modernize their enterprise applications. To provide these services and solutions, we bring together offerings and capabilities in outsourcing services, systems integration and consulting services, infrastructure services, maintenance services, and high-end server technology. With more than 26,000 employees, Unisys serves commercial organizations and government agencies throughout the world. For more information, visit www.unisys.com.