IT - Cloud

Survey shows that cloud helps accelerate data modernization and transformation efforts. But it needs to be undertaken gradually, with an eye to security and performance

"It's almost a chicken-or-egg conundrum: going to cloud requires a modern data foundation, going to modern data requires a cloud foundation. The good news is both can be advanced along at the same time.

That's the word from a recent survey of 504 IT executives by Deloitte, authored by a team which included Tom Davenport, Ashish Verma and David Linthicum. Both cloud computing and data modernization efforts are simultaneously reinforcing one another, the researchers report. More than nine in 10 organizations surveyed now primarily keep their data on cloud platforms, with 55% of respondents seeing data modernization as a key reason for cloud migration, second only to security and data protection..."

One of the key drivers to a multi-cloud strategy is the fear of vendor lock-in

"'Vendor lock-in' means that a customer is dependent on a particular vendor for products and services, and unable to use another vendor without substantial switching costs or operational impact. The vendor lock-in problem in cloud computing is the situation where customers are dependent (i.e. locked-in) on a single cloud service provider (CSP) technology implementation and cannot easily move to a different vendor without substantial costs or technical incompatibilities..."

How To Build And Maintain A Multi-Cloud Security Strategy
SearchCloudSecurity, September 6th, 2019
When using multiple cloud service providers, it's critical to consider your enterprise's cloud scope and the specifics of each cloud service to maintain security

"There are some things that, by nature, come in groups. For example, have you ever known a garden to have just one rabbit? Wherever there's one rabbit, it's a safe bet there's a warren full of them just out of view.

Enterprise cloud usage is the same way -- and it proliferates over time. Barring extraordinary circumstances, it's a veritable certainty that, given enough time, an enterprise will wind up with more than one cloud service provider within its scope. In fact, a typical organization might support multiple cloud models or services from the same vendor or use competing services from different vendors with different configuration options and settings for each..."

Multicloud Businesses Face Higher Breach Risk
Dark Reading, September 3rd, 2019
A new report finds 52% of multicloud environments have suffered a breach within the past year, compared with 24% of hybrid cloud users

"More than half of firms running multicloud environments have been hit with a data breach in the past year, compared with 24% of hybrid cloud organizations and 24% of single-cloud users.

To gain a better understanding of how the public and private sectors are engaging with the $325 billion cloud market, researchers with Nominet polled 274 CISOs, CTOs, CIOs, and other professionals responsible for cybersecurity in large organizations across the US and UK. While 61% believe the risk of a breach is the same or lower in the cloud compared with on-prem environments, it seems there is a link between the number of clouds used and risk of attack..."

Multi-tenant public cloud monitoring can pose significant challenges. Luckily, some tools can help track these environments and even flag potential security threats

"As enterprise cloud deployments ramp up, IT groups need to confront the fog associated with tracking activity within these sometimes opaque environments.

A survey of 338 IT professionals commissioned by network testing and security vendor Ixia published earlier this year found that 80% had expanded their cloud deployments in 2018. But less than 20% had the information they need to accurately monitor performance, security and resource usage within these environments..."

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