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Cloud survey results cloudy

Larger organisations in Australia and New Zealand favour a blended public/private cloud strategy, but there still seems to be some confusion about the definition of 'cloud'.

A survey conducted for security vendor SafeNet found that 62% of respondents favoured a mix of public and private cloud solutions as opposed to an exclusively public or private approach to the cloud.

Curiously, 40% said they were not using any cloud services, yet when presented with a list of categories and specific products with the opportunity to write in any not mentioned, only 28% responded 'none of the above.'

123 people responded to the survey, but they were far from representative of Australian organisations, as only one worked for an organisation with less than 100 employees, and almost two-thirds came from organisations with 1000 or more employees.

The most common job functions among respondents were IT department manager, IT consultant, IT project manager, network/LAN administrator, and IT solutions/systems architect.

A desire to provide anywhere, anytime access to systems is a key driver of cloud initiatives, slightly ahead of cost savings and reducing the work associated with maintaining, monitoring and upgrading software.

The data protection issues of particular concern with cloud-based systems were data isolation, strong authentication, and data encryption.

Russ Dietz, SafeNet's chief technology officer, told iTWire that the survey results were similar to those obtained in North America and the European Community.

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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.