The latest report conducted by Veritas reveals that 89 per cent of South African organisations want to adopt cloud services. However, the adoption of cloud is hindered by contradicting views on cost.
The research was conducted independently by Coleman Parkes, surveying 100 South African IT leaders across multiple sectors and senior job roles to gain insight into how South African organisations are handling the growing Databerg.
Clean and dark Cloud
The findings from the study states that South African organisations are beginning to take control of both their clean and dark data. The amount of clean data held by South African organisations has almost tripled and now represents 28 per cent of stored data, 14 per cent above the global average cloud adoption.
According to the study, dark data has fallen to 13 per cent below the global average 41 per cent of all data stored.
As South Africa slowly transforms into a digital economy, many organisations are gradually migrating to the cloud. Although South Africa’s cloud maturity levels are still lower than other countries the Databerg study reveals that a massive 89 per cent of South African organisations want to adopt cloud services.
The study further states that over half, 52 per cent, of Operations Directors and 48 per cent of IT Directors are concerned with increasing costs. Whereas only 13 per cent of CIOs share the same concern.
Gartner also predicts that the adoption of public cloud services will continue to grow as organisations attempt to drive down IT spending.
Today, some 39 per cent of all South African organisational data is stored in the cloud. This is 9 per cent less than IT leaders predicted would be stored in the cloud by 2017.
In order to get value of the data in the cloud, businesses need to ensure they have holistic protection and visibility across all cloud platforms they use. This will minimise the cloud melting cyber security perimeters. With many organisations questioning who really should be responsible for managing data in the cloud, the Veritas study states that it is should be the responsibility of the organisation.
The consequences of failing to take responsibility for data in the cloud can prove to be financially significant for business.
Whilst security is mentioned as the biggest concern for storing data in the cloud, organisations need to make sure they are protecting their own data.
The study indicates that in the finance sector, 56 per cent will continue to store long-term data on primary devices, which they believe are more secure than the cloud. This is reinforced by the 67 per cent who are more concerned about the security of the cloud, double the amount of those concerned about the cost of moving to the cloud, reveals the study.
South African organisations testing disaster recovery systems every 6 months has risen by 15 per cent over the last two years, most prominently in the finance and retails industries at 44 per cent.