1) Fears over cloud security are laid to rest
According to analysis by IDG Research Services, 90% of companies that are apprehensive about cloud platforms cite security as their primary concern. However, this security fear is completely unfounded. The majority of cloud providers, big or small, have exceptional levels of security because they understand it matters, not just to protect their customers, but also to protect their own reputations.
Most cloud providers offer robust security solutions for data protection, encryption, data governance, access control, network security, user directory integration, and configuration management. However, if you prefer to maintain security in-house, there are a number of options available.
One area that’s gaining in popularity is security automation. Spanning both on-premise and cloud-based services, it applies access control and activity monitoring for IaaS platforms, as well as identity management on IaaS platforms and SaaS user applications.
Security automation involves mapping out, comparing, reconciling, and uniformly addressing user access scenarios, and workload set-up and configuration scenarios, for on and off-premise cloud-based workloads. While it requires a lot of work in the initial set up, longer-term it will greatly simplify and strengthen your cloud workload security, since it has the ability to monitor and analyse the entire landscape more thoroughly.
2) Demand for hybrid-cloud is peaking
One area of cloud computing that has quickly gained in popularity is hybrid-cloud. One reason for this is that businesses have more confidence in the security that hybrid-cloud offers; according to the global study ‘Hybrid-cloud – From Hype to Reality’, 61% of companies believe hybrid-cloud storage is more secure than on-premise because it is inherently flexible and customisable to an organisation’s requirements. Taking a hybrid-cloud approach means all your data is still protected by your in-house security policies; stored inside the private cloud, being encrypted and located behind firewalls at all times, even during transmission.
Beyond security, hybrid-cloud is becoming the most popular deployment option because it’s flexible. Your digital business needs multiple environments to host different applications. Migrating all your operations to the cloud can be challenging, particularly when it comes to connecting disparate systems. With hybrid-cloud, you can choose the applications that are best suited to the cloud, and retain others on premise.
By leveraging your existing IT resources while integrating into public and private cloud environments, hybrid-cloud provides greater control over your data, improved application performance and centralised IT management. According to analysis from IDG Research Services, 87% of IT and business executives say hybrid-cloud improves the customer experience, and those adopting it are three times more likely to achieve their business goals.