does data’s “mission critical” status give you pause in moving over? – Absolutely.
But that said, moving to the cloud is not simply a technical decision. Its a business decision.
Technically, the move to the cloud is easy. Pick a fairly reliable vendor, put in SLA requirements and test out the functionality and off you go.
But, from the business perspective, it gets into security and compliance amongst other things.
I dont think it is very clear at this time how those work into the cloud offerings.
Rightly said, it is more of a Business Decision once it is through from IT. Business owners will have long list of serious queries to be addressed before they decide to put confidential, critical and important corporate data on Cloud. The two giant vendors in Cloud Computing – Google and IBM – both felt the need of some Standards and Regulations when it comes to Cloud Computing. The former is working on FISMA and later on ISO 27001 Standards for Cloud Computing.
On customer front, as per a latest news – it clearly states the need of some standards, commitment from vendor i.e. SLA before moving on Goggle’s cloud.