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Survey: Cloud Computing Grows Despite Data Privacy, Security Concerns

n Ownership Moving to a cloud-based system will mean giving up some control. The gigabytes that make up your companys data will no longer be located down the hall. That data will be stored on computers in buildings you will never see. You must, however, maintain ownership of your data. When negotiating with cloud providers like Amazon, Salesforce or Rackspace, ask the right questions. Have you ever experienced a security breach?

Pivotal opens up Cloud Foundry to open source fights

[ Get the no-nonsense explanations and advice you need to take real advantage of cloud computing in InfoWorld editors' 21-page Cloud Computing Deep Dive PDF special report . | Stay up on the cloud with InfoWorld's Cloud Computing Report newsletter . ] The extremely well-funded Cloud Foundry was already an open source PaaS, licensed under Apache 2.0. However, Pivotal will now allow a consortium of other vendors to participate in Cloud Foundry's governance and direction.

There are, therefore, two potential conclusions to draw from the enduring popularity of the cloud even in an era when the ability of third parties to sniff data is widely known. The first is that decision-makers who move data to the cloud simply are not fully aware of the security challenges or don't understand their seriousness. That's unlikely, since it's hard for anyone with a basic understanding of how cloud computingand the Internet in generalworks not to appreciate how moving information to the cloud opens up a host of new paths for malicious parties to compromise it. The second, and likelier, possibility is that the benefits of cloud adoption simply outweigh the security concerns, in the assessment of enterprises.