Corporation that see two-thirds of their IT budgets go toward maintaining the computing infrastructures could see that money going elsewhere with cloud computing, Arthur Coviello, executive vice president of EMC Corp., told attendees during a keynote at the RSA Conference.
But the primary obstacle for corporation moving to the cloud is security. “Because cloud computing represents a challenge we need to make sure we don’t end up in security hell,” he said.
A recent survey showed that 51% of corporations said that security was the main concern about cloud computing. Coviello issued a challenge to the industry to solve this problem. “Our industry needs to deliver security solutions that ensure levels of security that surpass what’s available today,” he said. “People need to trust the cloud.”
Creating a system that is secure and easy to use can enable business to save money and innovate. “We can be on the ground floor to create an infrastructure that is more secure and enabling than any of today’s infrastructures,” he said.
Coviello concluded, “If we can get security built into the virtual infrastructure from the get-go we can not only have visibility and manageability but risk decision points, and controls everywhere. In short, the cloud will turn the way we deliver security inside out. And information security will enable cloud computing to take full advantage of the Internet turning our current IT models inside out as well. This means we can deliver new waves of efficiency, agility and collaboration for organizations of all sizes.”