There is a lot of fear out there when it comes to dealing with the cloud, especially with so much hype surrounding the technology. However, what you do, and do not, commit to the public cloud is entirely your call.
To misquote George Orwell’s classic, ‘Animal Farm’: ‘All clouds are equal – but some are more equal than others’. The other key thing to remember is that not everything is for the cloud, so it’s a matter of each to its rightful place.
Information highly sensitive? Then use private clouds, so that you benefit from scalability and flexibility internally, without exposing your data to the Internet. Consider which are your crown jewels of information and what protection you have around these. Is it good enough? Should those defences be more robust?
The starting point is to look carefully at each workload when deciding which kind of cloud your data should be in. The relative merits of issues such as availability,...