Cloud Usage on Rise: Report

Monday, June 26, 2017 @ 06:06 PM gHale


Cloud is continuing to grow in popularity, a new survey found.

Survey respondents’ use of public cloud is on the rise, as is their sophistication in working within the cloud, according to the Vanson Bourne survey conducted on behalf of Barracuda Networks, Inc. of 1,300 IT decision makers from organizations using public cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) from the Americas, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), and from Asia Pacific (APAC).

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On average, organizations have nearly 40 percent of their infrastructure in the public cloud today, with the expectation to increase this to 70 percent over the next five years. Four in 10 reported their organization relied on public cloud deployments to expand their services, often replicating those over multiple regions, while 30 percent said they only migrated selected services to the cloud and kept the balance on premises, according to the report.

Overall, the survey found organizations are growing more comfortable with hybrid environments that deploy a range of public cloud services along with more traditional on-premises infrastructure.

Nearly all the respondents (99 percent) said they have seen the benefits as a result of moving to the public cloud, including greater scalability and reduced IT expenditures.

The survey found, on average, organizations didn’t use a single cloud provider for everything, and cited a number of reasons for this: Top of mind was different providers had different strengths (63 percent), followed by the view this increased security (51 percent) and helped keep costs down (42 percent).

Security remains to be the biggest challenge when it comes to using the public cloud, where 71 percent felt security concerns restricted their ability to migrate workloads to the public cloud. Nine in 10 (91 percent) of organizations reported they worried about their use of public cloud, with cyberattacks being the chief concern at 54 percent.

Phishing (50 percent), DDoS (47 percent), APTs (45 percent), and ransomware (41 percent) were the main threats that most concerned them. Over half (56 percent) had experienced at least one cyberattack, and found the average number of attacks an organization had seen were five.

The challenge with security was further heightened with the information organizations are storing in public clouds: Over 50 percent of all organizations store some type of personal data (personnel records, medical records, etc.) in the public cloud, and nearly the same percent (55 percent) store customer order history.

“This report highlights the ongoing increase in public cloud use globally, with many organizations seeing substantial process and financial benefits. However, there are still a significant number of organizations that are not clear on the shared security model and the implication to their data and applications,” said Senior Vice President and General Manager of Security at Barracuda, Hatem Naguib. “The challenges in migrating legacy security appliances and architectures require having the right infrastructure for securing hybrid cloud solutions. Organizations need to select cloud ready security solutions that are designed for the new architectures and capabilities enabled by public and hybrid cloud adoption.”



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