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3 drivers behind the adoption of cloud

Research from Censuswide shows that over two-thirds (69%) of data centre owners intend to expand their facilities within the next five years to meet demand. In particular, cloud is set to become a big growth area. According to RightScale’s ‘2015 State of the Cloud Report’, 93% of companies have already adopted cloud in some way. But with less than a fifth of applications in the cloud, over the next few years, things look set to move up a gear as cloud platforms transform our businesses to win, serve and retain clients.

There’s no questioning the benefits of moving to the cloud, for example:
• Lower risk: top cloud providers offer a 99.995% uptime.
• Streamlined collaboration: work anywhere, at any time, from multiple devices.
• Data storage: scales as your company grows so you only ever pay for what you need.
• Cost-effective: many companies experience cost savings within 6 months of cloud adoption.

But what’s driving cloud to be the next data centre?

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.

3) Hyper-converged solutions are commonplace

According to 451 Research, “Hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) is coming of age. Midmarket companies face mounting challenges storing and managing ever-growing volumes of data. HCI is a strong candidate to meet these needs.”

Research from ActualTech Media reveals that 71% of companies either already use, or are considering adopting, HCI, and 19% intend to decommission disk-based SAN entirely in favour of it. When asked about their key decision criteria for adopting HCI, companies cited performance (72%), high availability (68%), and cost (68%) as the key drivers.

HCI is the perfect foundation for cloud deployments, linking your application and infrastructure strategies tightly. Providing flexibility with underlying resources in the pool for cloud services, HCI delivers greater data protection, seamless integration, improved operational efficiency, reduced data centre footprint and lower total cost of ownership. According to research by the Taneja Group, that you can reduce operational expenditure by 55% with a HCI.

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