Security risks are damping large enterprises’ willingness to use cloud computing services but will not hinder its development, IT experts and analysts said at a sub forum of the 2nd World Internet Conference in Wuzhen, Zhejiang province Friday morning.
Large enterprises are still reluctant to adopt cloud computing solutions due to worries about their reliability, said Shi Lirong, president of ZTE Corporation, at a session of the Forum on Internet Technology and Standards.
He suggested that cloud computing seek to meet the different needs of large, medium and small enterprises as well as individuals. Different business models should be created to satisfy targeted customers, he said.
However, to Tan Xiaosheng, vice president and chief privacy officer of Qihoo 360 Technology, cloud computing solutions allow large enterprises to seek faster growth at lower costs, which is essential for surviving fierce market competition.
Security risks are indeed a problem, Tan admitted, but will not impede cloud computing’s development, because “its advantages will offset those security flaws”.
He predicted that cloud computing will influence the structure of the IT industry in an overwhelming way, and in the future public clouds, which can afford more security experts, will be safer than private clouds.
Vincent Fu, principal research analyst of Gartner, said that the gap between public clouds and private clouds will gradually narrow and that many service providers are now virtually offering “mixed-cloud” solutions, which he said will become the mainstream.
The Second World Internet Conference, the most high-profile Internet related event in China, is taking place in the picturesque water town of Wuzhen, Zhejiang province, Dec 16 to 18.
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