Business applications continue moving to the cloud at an escalating pace, with more employees accessing them via the Internet and with mobile devices. Concerns regarding security, reliability, performance and control are still prevalent, yet, migration to the cloud continues. As it does, enterprise IT departments must evaluate their network infrastructure and the services that connect their company locations to data centers and ultimately to the cloud. These are some of the conclusions drawn from a UBM Tech survey of IT leaders on their businesses and the cloud.
In a recent Webinar, "Connecting to the Cloud: Three Things to Ignore at Your Peril," InformationWeek contributing editor and columnist Lenny Liebmann shared the findings of a UBM Tech survey of 336 IT decision makers and senior executives. “The Cloud Effect on Data Center Networking” survey validated five major challenges preventing companies from using off-site, third-party, hosted applications: security, loss of control, need for a trustworthy service provider, regulatory compliance and performance. Liebmann then offered three critical assertions and actions every company should take to ensure that their networks’ external connections meet both current and future needs of their businesses.
Before revealing his recommendations, Liebmann noted three primary imperatives that are relevant for any organization today – imperatives that are helping drive enterprises to the cloud:
Liebmann described how the cloud helps engage the customer, by providing businesses with the right analytics and capabilities. It facilitates accommodating the rapid pace of change, because cloud users are no longer limited by the capabilities of their own data centers. The cloud helps provide the millennial workforce with resources that might not be readily available within an organization.
When examining connectivity requirements, Liebmann emphasized the need to consider the network’s historical evolution: Over the past 25 years, the typical network has evolved from a connection between a mainframe and terminals, to today’s absolutely critical link from an organization to the outside world—to the cloud and as-a-service applications, mobile employees, customers, partners and more. This single physical connection to the cloud is under constantly increasing pressure.
Focusing on this outward-facing connection, Liebmann noted three critical assertions that every cloud-bound company should consider and act to address.
Clearly, moving to the cloud makes the network connection more critical and dynamic than ever. Liebmann advised companies making the move to be creative, diligent and active in their networking choices.
Concerns regarding security, reliability, performance and control are still prevalent, yet, migration to the cloud continues.