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Reward Without Risk: How to Manage a Growing Cloud Deployment

Written by  ANDY STONE

The cloud is no longer just a consideration. It’s a requirement. Some 78 percent of organizations expect cloud spending to increase in the next three years, according to a recent Economist Intelligence Unit survey. Just 6 percent said they had a quarter or less of their systems in the cloud. On the surface, this isn’t surprising. The cloud offers both cost-saving and innovation benefits that are fueling cloud migration at a rapid clip: for 65 percent of organizations surveyed, half or more of their systems are already in the cloud. But the cloud’s benefits are tempered by a number of risks, including security to compliance. When asked about the biggest risk to their business continuity over the next three years, more than a third (34 percent) of respondents pointed to cloud computing as a high risk or major risk. It certainly can be, if not managed properly. Here’s how to harness all the advantages