While computing changes constantly, most shifts are simple changes that don’t require organizations to change the core of how they work. Not so with cloud computing. While promising significant benefits, it requires organizations to change how they approach IT. To better understand how organizations are dealing with these changes, Symantec commissioned the 2011 State of Cloud Survey, which gives a unique perspective on how organizations are adopting cloud computing. One of the largest surveys of its kind, it includes responses from 5,300 organizations across 38 countries.

Survey findings:

The most striking findings are based on the process of moving to the cloud. First, organizations are conflicted about security, rating it both as a goal and a concern with moving to the cloud. Second, the survey found – perhaps not surprisingly – that organizations do not feel their computing staff is fully up to the challenge of moving to the cloud. Resulting from this lack of readiness, the third survey finding is that the adoption of the various types of cloud computing is not very far along, despite tremendous interest (and media coverage). Fourth, among those organizations that have completed the move to cloud, there is a striking gap between the goals they expected to achieve and what they actually achieved.


• Press release: Symantec Survey Reveals Organizations Concerned Yet Optimistic about Security in the Cloud

• PDF report “2011 State of Cloud Survey”:

• Infographic: "Business and the Cloud”

Symantec Recommendations:

Whether your organization has 15 or 150,000 employees, moving to the cloud requires the active leadership of those in charge of IT. In a small company, that may be an ad hoc manager, whereas in a large enterprise it may well be the CIO.
In all cases, there are simple steps IT can take to ensure success:

  • Take the lead
  • Set information and application tiers
  • Assess your risk and set appropriate policies
  • Get started now

If you want more details about each one of them, please download the full report PDF here (in English).


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