Jul 15, 2014

Have revelations about government spying slowed cloud adoption?

Has all of the news about the NSA spying on pretty much everyone and intercepting much of the electronic communication in the US slowed cloud adoption? I mean, sure, I may be embarrassed if they listen in when I’m streaming music (but officer, I don’t really like Taylor Swift), but I certainly don’t want my personal files or my proprietary business information sucked up to end up who knows where being looked at by who knows who. Come to think of it, I don’t want my Taylor Swift listening known about either. I actually have been much less likely to store my personal data in the cloud since Snowden revealed what was going on, I’m more likely to encrypt my data, and I have more SD cards and flash drives now than I did 5 years ago. On a wider scale, is this also true? Has cloud adoption been slowed since it was revealed how much government surveillance is taking place?

No, I don't think so. The cloud is far too useful for people to be scared off the antics of the NSA.

There is actually some evidence that after an initial negative reaction, all of the discussion has actually resulted in increased adoption of public cloud services. One of the senior vice-presidents of VMware’s cloud services, Bill Fathers, has said that Snowden’s NSA revelations have actually caused more companies to look at security and privacy issues, and have come to the conclusion that the public cloud offers many security advantages over what companies can accomplish with private clouds. Father’s has predicted that enterprise customers will continue to shift work load to public cloud in coming years, and the move will accelerate.   

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