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 a new survey, but the research does not provide detail on specific security worries. Managed services provider Claranet says that the most important security question that every cloud user needs to ask is: 'Where is my data being hosted and how well integrated is a cloud service with network service?'

The survey by Network Instruments Network Instruments develops software and hardware solutions for analyzing and managing network and application performance, such as network analyzers. They were founded in 1994, and are headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  highlights the worries and risks IT professionals around the world have over the issues cloud computing (1) Running applications in or from network servers. Computing "in the cloud" may refer to a company's own network, but often refers to the Internet and the use of Web browser-based or rich client applications.  may present to their organisation. The standout from the research was the finding that three quarters (74 per cent) of respondents In the context of marketing research, a representative sample drawn from a larger population of people from whom information is collected and used to develop or confirm marketing strategy.  expressed concerns about the security of their corporate data during cloud adoption. However, the survey stopped short of defining exactly what type of security issues they were concerned about.

Michel Robert; managing director of Claranet, said that it is impossible for end users to address concerns over 'security' without first understanding what threats need to be combatted. Two of the biggest security issues with

Cloud, Robert said, are the data location and the security of the underlying network used for connectivity.

"Data security is a natural concern when moving away from the traditional in-house infrastructure," said Robert. "Last year, Claranet conducted independent research that found 54 per cent felt that cloud was a higher risk approach than more traditional IT services, again reinforcing the fact that service providers are not doing enough to allay al·lay  
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 the fears of IT decision-makers.

"Cloud providers need to be able to address users' legitimate concerns over data location, as moving data to a cloud service can often mean it is hosted in another country and therefore under different data laws," continued Michel. "Meanwhile, users must be aware that Cloud services that rely on the public Internet for connectivity will be subject to a wider variety of threats that one with an integrated private network.

"While the survey by Network Instruments reinforces Claranet's earlier research, the industry needs to move away from using the catch-all term 'security' and start talking about specific dangers and threats, and what can be done to overcome them. Only then will users be able to make informed decisions about the different providers on the market," concluded Robert.

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Title Annotation:GLOBAL STUDY
Publication:Database and Network Journal
Date:Apr 1, 2012
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