This week a new Interop ITX Research Report entitled “2017 State of the Cloud” was published that explores the trends and challenges organizations face as cloud use continues to grow. The report found some interesting insights and findings that Kelly Sheridan with Dark Reading summarizes nicely:
Interop ITX and InformationWeek polled 307 tech professionals at companies currently using, or planning to use, cloud computing to learn about their usage and optimization strategies.
Responses indicate a broad shift from private cloud technology to public cloud services. The use of “virtualization or private cloud” dropped from 52% in 2012 to 40% in 2016. Infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), the public alternative, jumped from 30% to 57% in the same timeframe.
Survey respondents also listed scalability, performance, and better access to resources among their reasons for switching to public cloud. All are tough to achieve in traditional IT environments where companies must get servers and follow bureaucratic processes to use them.
Due to security concerns, hybrid cloud was a hot topic in 2016. In a hybrid scenario, businesses move low-risk, non-critical data and applications to the cloud while housing private and critical data in-house, explains Stephen Gates, chief research intelligence analyst at NSFOCUS.
“The likelihood of organizations moving to a hybrid cloud strategy is quite high in 2017 and beyond,” says Gates. “This approach brings the best of both worlds: cost savings with the cloud, and better security in-house.”
Turns out, more than half of respondents (51%) cited security as the biggest challenge in using private or hybrid cloud with nearly 30% reporting that performance was their greatest difficulty. Additionally, the organizations that tried to build apps to run in private and public clouds also encountered problems with latency and dropped connections between the two clouds, which are tough to debug.
The fact that security is still a concern for organizations looking to take advantage of hybrid clouds is not new. We’ve known for a while now that businesses need to apply their imagination and energy to developing new approaches to cloud control, allowing them to securely, compliantly, and reliably take advantage of the benefits of this ubiquitous computing model. We’ve approached this subject in an array of past blog posts; here are a handful of my favorites:
- Overcoming Cloud Security Challenges
- Cloud security can be a challenge, but it doesn’t have to be
- Clear understanding needed for effective cloud security
- Visibility, agility key for successful cloud security
- Security, automation go hand in hand
- Clouds are Secure: Are You Using Them Securely?
As indicated by the report, the subject of data latency between cloud models has also been a key concern for organizations of late. It’s also a subject we’ve explored in depth. For further reading on the topic, check out:
To read further about the Interop ITX Research Report, see the full report here.