The Foggy Future of Cloud Technology

As organizations have adopted cloud computing at increasing levels in recent years, we’ve begun to hear about cloud technology all the time – whether on tv, the internet, or in business conferences. But even if it may seem like a relatively new concept, cloud computing has been around for the better part of a decade now.

So why did it never truly catch on?

One word – security.

Historically speaking, companies outside of the tech world are unlikely to adopt cutting-edge technological advances until they’ve become widespread mainstays. While cost is always a factor, the unknown risks that new technology brings to the table is usually enough to steer away a majority of businesses in the early stages. But even after all these years, cloud technology seems to have missed its chance to turn the corner.

According to Healthcare Informatics:

  • 30% of respondents were comfortable with cloud computing in 2014
  • 41.5% of respondents agreed that their comfort levels with cloud-based technologies had risen from 2014 to 2015
  • 24% of total estimated IT spend goes into projects that use managed third-party hosting
  • 18% of total estimated IT spend goes into software-as-a-service (SaaS) offerings

While these numbers show that support for the technology may be increasing slowly, it still has a pretty dismal outlook in terms of use. A decade in the tech world is the equivalent of a century to the rest of us. New technologies are popping up on a daily basis, and Flash seems to be on the verge of taking over for the time being.

“We have a number of remote-hosted and cloud solutions in our IT environment. And the cloud makes a lot of sense when you are talking about email tools, video distribution services, and learning management systems,” said Robert Eardley, senior vice president and CIO at Houston Methodist. “The cloud makes a lot of sense when you are talking about a solution that largely stands by itself and can be sold and serviced as a solution.  It makes less sense when it’s highly interfaced and has a lot of

, because there are a lot of potential security concerns. That’s why we still tend to store PHI on premise at this point.”

With businesses opting to utilize their own in-house servers and software over the cloud due to ongoing security concerns, we can’t help but back their approach. Learn more about what in-house hardware can do for your business and how we can help.

You can read the full article at healthcare-informatics.com.