More than half (51 percent) of IT managers polled recently said that data security is better in public cloud infrastructures than in their own corporate data centers, according to a new report released today.
The SADA Systems survey of more than 200 enterprise IT professionals also found that 43 percent of respondents use third-party consultants to manage public cloud infrastructure.
Cost savings appear to be a major motivator for outsourcing, with 45 percent of respondents reporting it was more cost-effective to hire out those activities.
“All signs point to public cloud adoption growing and enterprise IT becoming more comfortable with the prospect of running their most sensitive data on public cloud infrastructure,” SADA Systems CEO Tony Safoian said in a statement.
“Security and reliability will always be primary concerns – as they should – and companies should lean on expert consultants and integrators to guide them in addressing these issues,” he said. “The convenience of public cloud, coupled with easy access to proven resources for managing these environments, make the option of moving to public cloud too compelling to ignore.”
Other highlights from SADA’s Summer 2016 Public Cloud Survey include:
-- 84 percent of respondents are using public cloud infrastructure today. Google Cloud Platform was the most popular (49 percent), followed by Microsoft Azure (48 percent) and Amazon Web Services (42 percent).
-- 45 percent of companies said it took 3-6 months to migrate to public cloud, while 23 percent said it took less than three months.
-- 50 percent of respondents said they’re likely to increase their use of public cloud by at least 25 percent over the next 2-3 years, and 25 percent of respondents would increase their use by 50 percent over the same time period.
-- 58 percent cited the ability to ramp up or dial back their use of infrastructure as the primary driver for increased public cloud usage, while 51 percent said public cloud would save them money on equipment, facilities and staffing.
-- 51 percent said concerns about data security prevented them from adopting public cloud sooner.
SADA Systems is a privately held IT and cloud solutions provider.