Despite its abstracted connotations, a new study says the primary use of cloud computing occurs within the walls of an enterprise. Conducted by Boston-based CMB, the survey quizzed 300 IT decision makers about the feasibility of cloud computing within the enterprise, and found that approximately two thirds of all organizations report already using cloud computing in some capacity.

However, the endorsement of cloud computing within the enterprise was far from universal. In fact, 12% of respondents said that they were firmly against cloud computing, and could not foresee ever employing it. Not surprisingly, the study found a link between the preference for internal clouds and concerns over data security.

"Due to security and privacy concerns, it is far more common for enterprises to be utilizing cloud computing internally as opposed to through external services," the report states. "Security concerns is one explanation why most cloud computing is deployed internally initially. Fully 25% noted that cloud computing does not offer a secure environment in which to deploy the type of apps that their company requires."


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