Scalability is the biggest benefit of cloud computing, according London member of the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) Mike Small. The IT infrastructure expert told the Guardian that, as a result of this scalability, businesses can benefit from cost savings while still having access to the latest technology - which is particularly important for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
However, he added that good governance was a necessity if migration to the cloud was going to be successful - particularly when it comes to preventing security breaches. "Determine the governance needs based on the requirements. Some applications will be more critical than others," he added.
Writing for the news provider, Mr Small noted that identity and access management, as well as close internal monitoring, have become increasingly important. He added that stringent legal requirements on data storage and security are key concerns and often drive a company's IT monitoring initiatives.
Recently, James Peel, product manager at Opsview, said internal monitoring was a must if cloud computing success rates were to be measured. He claimed that keeping an eye on what IT is being used for will prevent businesses from wasting money on over-deployment.