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Cloud Computing Is More Likely for Low-Risk Systems: Report

(Don E. Sears, eWeek) Three out of five companies are adopting cloud computing technologies, including private clouds and lower-risk technologies, says a new report.

The main areas of adoption are in lower-risk technology categories. Low-risk services being considered by nearly half of respondents included hosted e-mail, messaging applications, desktop and server virtualization, and storage services. Larger, more complex and already heavily invested applications like ERP systems were only being considered by 10% of companies.

Security and other risk factors are still of the utmost importance to the enterprise, with 79% stating that cloud security is inadequate or unclear. 49% are concerned with integration to legacy systems, and another 49% are concerned about losing company data. Half of respondents worry about noncompliance with regulations, and disaster recovery and business continuity issues.

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