Cloud computing continues to fill the enterprise troposphere. A recent 2013 IDC survey reported that 61 percent of enterprises have at least one application that is cloud-based in their organization, and total investment by enterprises was up over 10 percent since 2012. But, with cloud computing comes significant concerns about security, integration and governance. Although individual users of cloud computing may lack the necessary leverage to drive and shape agreements between themselves and cloud providers, enterprises can increasingly shape cloud agreements. Being proactive in this process can mitigate corporate risk when the clouds gray.
Rain gear for your data: Data privacy and security
Hopping from cloud to cloud: Data portability
When things do go awry, an organization with its data in the cloud needs to be able to hop to another provider. There must, therefore, be terms negotiated into the cloud agreement that ensures data portability. Some key issues to consider include: