1. Potential Cloud Pullback
While some consequences to the NSA surveillance revelations prompt revenue opportunities for solution providers, perhaps the most damaging impact to sales is the potential for businesses to withdraw from cloud-based initiatives. Remote services, adopted to cut costs, could be brought back into the data center. One cloud expert told CRN that a less threatening action would be to move systems off of shared resources into co-located facilities, where additional security measures can be applied to better protect systems. Solution providers of services that use SaaS-based applications should watch closely, but as Edison Peres, senior vice president of worldwide sales at Cisco, put it to CRN in August, any evidence of a positive or negative impact to the channel can only be measured over time.