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    Enterprise wants more than price cuts for cloud services

    IT departments want more than price cuts for cloud services. They want to be assured that their data is safe and accessible.

    Enterprises are intrigued by all of the benefits that cloud computing promises, but many are still hesitant to make the jump from their traditional IT systems. While keeping costs low is certainly attractive for an IT department, managers aren't only shopping around based on price.

    According to Network World, the most important criteria that IT managers have for cloud services is security. Several cloud vendors, including Google, are lowering the prices for their cloud services. But it hasn't been enough for IT managers who want more answers regarding their questions about security.

    "I don't think this is a large enough price cut to move a lot of enterprise computing into the cloud," said Dan Olds, an analyst with The Gabriel Consulting Group.

    eWeek reported that according to a survey of IT managers, 59 percent of respondents feel that there is a dearth of operational workflow when it comes to security, particularly in hybrid cloud environments, though some commentators say that these concerns are overblown.

    "Despite some well publicized breaches, most large cloud providers have resources and expertise to manage security far better than your average SMB," said Nimrod Reichenberg, a vice president of marketing and strategy.