The sun al­ways shines above the clouds

Network Middle East - - CONTENTS - Sarah Rizvi Editor sarah.rizvi@itp.com

Yes, it does and it is!

It is a no-brainer that cloud is here to stay. The tech­nol­ogy is in fact be­com­ing more spe­cialised call­ing for ven­dors to bring ver­ti­cal-spe­cific cus­tomised of­fer­ings to the ta­ble.

Although the tech­nol­ogy is gain­ing pop­u­lar­ity, a Forrester study claims that only one-fifth of en­ter­prise ap­pli­ca­tions run in the cloud. This small num­ber, how­ever, does not re­flect a slow­down in cloud adop­tion. It, in fact, high­lights how legacy IT in­vest­ments and se­cu­rity con­cerns have im­pacted mi­gra­tion to cloud.

Is that sil­ver lin­ing fad­ing? Ab­so­lutely not, as hy­brid cloud and multi- cloud pro­vide the much needed bal­ance be­tween flex­i­bil­ity and se­cu­rity.

Hy­brid cloud means a cloud com­put­ing en­vi­ron­ment that uses a mix of on­premises, pri­vate cloud and third-party, public cloud ser­vices that al­lows work­loads to move be­tween pri­vate and public clouds. While in a multi-cloud so­lu­tion, an or­gan­i­sa­tion uses mul­ti­ple dif­fer­ent public cloud ser­vices, of­ten from mul­ti­ple dif­fer­ent providers.

A re­cent re­port from Gart­ner projects public cloud-ser­vices tech­nol­ogy rev­enues to grow by more than 50% glob­ally in the next three years, to about $355 bil­lion in 2022. A re­cent Nu­tanix re­port states that the fi­nan­cial sec­tor is out­pac­ing oth­ers in em­brac­ing hy­brid cloud as se­cu­rity and flex­i­bil­ity re­main their top pri­or­i­ties.

Adopt­ing a mix of public and pri­vate cloud op­tions not only in­creases mo­bil­ity across clouds, it also al­lows or­gan­i­sa­tions to gain greater con­trol over IT spend while en­sur­ing a se­cu­rity blan­ket over sen­si­tive data.

This is why the adop­tion rate is in­creas­ing across dif­fer­ent in­dus­try ver­ti­cals and only de­pends on the stage of dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion within an or­gan­i­sa­tion.

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