Cloud poised for data explosion

Cloud poised for data explosion

The willingness to adopt the cloud has undoubtedly revolutionised the way in which many enterprises and organisations do business.

Many IT operators have already recognised the advantages of transferring their data to the cloud, with positives including the reduction of installation and maintenance costs commonly associated with traditional hardware.

That has led the adoption rates of cloud systems to soar over the course of recent years and it seems that there could soon be a subsequent surge in the amount of data being stored and passing through off-site third-party systems.

There had been fears from certain operators that the recent spate of high-profile data breaches, such as the one that affected US retail giant Target, could bring the concept of data security back under the microscope in such a way that put off many people from investing in a cloud platform.

And yet companies have still sought out a cloud solution, with the advantages being perceived as worth the potential security risks.

That has meant that more and more firms have begun to turn to external security vendors along with cloud providers in order to ensure that their data is secure.

Some vendors have even decided to move their data to other countries in order to prevent the possibility of being viewed by prying eyes, while the threat of government spying, another hot topic on the back of the PRISM scandal that was recently revealed, is also dramatically reduced when data is moved to another territory.

All of this has led to a great increase in the number of firms viewing cloud integration as a viable proposition. Shoaib Abbasi, chief executive of Informatica, claims that a number of businesses are now  rely on exchanging product data for e-commerce purposes.

He recently told InfoWorld: "If you truly want to give the impression of scale — that you have all the products — if you're a small organisation, you have to rely on a supply chain that would provide you with all the products you want.

"Even the task of managing and maintaining that information about all the products needs to be delegated to the suppliers. If you do that, you're allowing your suppliers to provide product information that you will then be selling."