Multicloud environments can work to organizations' advantage, so long as there is an overarching strategy in place for cloud security
"Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, many organizations were operating in a multicloud environment. Indeed, eighty percent of 150 Federal IT decision makers surveyed by MeriTalk in 2019 said their agency already uses multiple cloud platforms. In the post COVID-19 era, as organizations adjust to a more decentralized workforce and recalibrate their business models, this reliance on multiple cloud platforms will increasingly become the norm.
Beyond the pandemic, main drivers of multicloud adoptions include mergers and acquisitions, and cost and capability differences among providers that might require a more diversified approach. Yet, as with most every technological advancement, the move toward multiple cloud environments, which brings added flexibility and scalability, can also pose new, and often unanticipated, risks. And maintaining multiple cloud providers can create confusion if mature enterprise governance is not in place..."
Fast, efficient, and affordable cloud performance is an achievable goal when you take advantage of essential optimization techniques
"As organizations continue to send more services into the cloud, many IT leaders are beginning to discover that their patchwork approach is leading to inefficient and sometimes even counterproductive results. Cloud experts, such as Ken Englund, technology advisory leader at business consulting firm EY Americas, understand that cloud optimization has become essential to tapping into the cloud's full value. "Organizations that optimize their cloud operations move beyond being 'on-the-cloud' to exploiting 'in-the-cloud' ways of working," he said..."
A hybrid cloud storage approach can help you control costs and add flexibility, among other benefits. But it's important to understand best practices and avoid pitfalls
There's no shortage of hype around hybrid cloud storage and the millions of dollars it could save an enterprise. That's an appealing proposition - particularly right now. 'Economic pressures will continue to drive CIOs and CFOs to look for ways to provide IT functionality for less money,' says Tim Stephenson, director, North American Cloud Center of Excellence at Capgemini. 'Government regulations and compliance requirements will continue to put pressure on those CIOs, CSOs, and CFOs by requiring them to retain data for longer and longer periods of time, driving up storage costs while budgets continue to decline.'
As more employees opt for remote work, organizations rely on cloud computing options for easy access to corporate data and applications. This dependence on the cloud also puts a new emphasis on cloud security
"Yet, cloud security continues to be an afterthought for many companies. Industry leaders may be confused over who is responsible for security in public or hybrid cloud formats, but in general, the cloud service provider (CSP) is responsible for securing the cloud infrastructure and physical network. You, as a security professional at an organization, are responsible for securing all of the assets in the cloud, including data, applications, user access and supporting infrastructure..."
Most companies have a hybrid cloud strategy but IT departments are struggling with it. Distributed cloud addresses some of the issues
"Cloud trends change with the introduction of new technology and evolving business requirements. Traditional on-premises data center infrastructure has been supplemented with private and public cloud options, resulting in hybrid cloud strategies. Hybrid cloud strategies have their challenges, which IT departments may not have anticipated completely, such as the disconnects between private cloud and public cloud. Although hybrid cloud solutions have emerged to help address the issue, the next cloud trend is distributed cloud.
Gartner defines distributed cloud as "the distribution of public cloud services to different physical locations, while the operation, governance, updates and evolution of the services are the responsibility of the originating public cloud provider." In fact, Gartner identified distributed cloud as a top 10 trend for 2020..."
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