IRISH COMPANIES are ahead of their international counterparts in using, or considering, cloud computing, but often fail to come up to par in providing a secure enough environment for this shift to outsourced infrastructure and applications.
According to consultancy Ernst Young’s latest Global Information Security Survey, which surveys nearly 1,700 companies in 52 countries annually, twice as many Irish companies say they will be evaluating a move to cloud-based computing in the next 12 months, compared to the international average – 50 per cent, versus 25 per cent internationally – while 43 per cent are already using the cloud (versus 37 per cent internationally).
“Ireland has turned out to be quite an aggressive cloud adopter,” says Hugh Callaghan, director of advisory services, Ernst Young Ireland.
“The Irish are eager to try and gain the benefits of the cloud. For small organisations, the cloud offers hugely cost-effective management. Medium and large companies can streamline and simplify access to and delivery of applications, as well as gain general cost benefits.”
(Excerpt of article from Karen Lillington, www.irishtimes.com)