Security worries continue to dog cloud vendors

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Security worries continue to dog cloud vendors

Half of all companies concerned about data leaks, say analysts.

Worries over security are severely hampering the adoption of cloud computing services, according a recent analyst report.

Research firm Forrester said that in a recent survey of enterprises, roughly half of all companies ranging from small businesses to large enterprises cited security worries as the primary reason for not adopting cloud services.

Security concerns have long been considered to be one of the biggest issues with cloud services. Both the enterprise and government sectors have expressed concern over putting corporate data in the hands of third parties and remotely-accessed systems, while security experts have made cloud security a hot topic.

The cloud security sector itself has also grown as vendors seek to offer services and best practices to help improve data security on cloud platforms.

The study was performed as part of Forrester's larger report on the state of emerging business hardware.

Analysts noted that while cloud adoption was being hampered, technologies such as virtualisation and energy management were still seeing healthy growth and giving hope for an economic rebound in the IT space as a whole in the coming year.

"Despite the hesitancy about cloud computing, virtualization remains a top priority for hardware technology decision-makers, driven by their objectives of improving IT infrastructure manageability, total cost of ownership, business continuity, and, to a lesser extent, their increased focus on energy efficiency, " said Forrester senior analyst Tim Harmon.

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