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 Securing the Hybrid Cloud Takes Center Stage in 2017 By Joe Krivickas, Ipswitch CEO

IStock_000038306980LargeToday’s business environment requires agility – which in turn means implementing a cloud infrastructure to enable that very agility. This is not surprising for the modern enterprise, as a recent Gartner report even outlines why IT organizations must adopt and master the use of cloud services across the enterprise to be successful in 2017.

But the idea of transferring workloads to the cloud isn’t entirely new for organizations that have been grappling with increased IT complexity in recent years. The appeal of a fast and flexible elastic cloud environment has been drawing in IT teams who want to free up or discard costly on-premise resources in order to get their jobs done quickly and efficiently. 

While cloud infrastructure offers these key incentives, many enterprises have been hesitant to entirely replace their legacy systems. This is for the simple reason that they believe on-premise IT infrastructure ensures greater compliance, availability and security that some of the most data-sensitive industries must uphold (e.g., HIPAA, PCI and SOX). That is why in 2017, we will see the rise of the safe and secure hybrid cloud, an approach that gives enterprises with sensitive data the best of both worlds – confidential information stored on-premise securely and compliantly along with the ability to store encrypted or less sensitive data in the cloud with no concerns about scalability, deployment and maintenance.

What’s Happening:

6a0147e05adc32970b01b8d245b50c970c-320wi“In 2017, we will see the rise of the safe and secure hybrid cloud, an approach that gives enterprises with sensitive data the best of both worlds – confidential information stored on-premise securely and compliantly along with the ability to store encrypted or less sensitive data in the cloud with no concerns about scalability, deployment and maintenance.”

Joe Krivickas, CEO of Ipswitch 

 

The benefits of hybrid cloud infrastructures are undeniable, but the security risks hybrid environments can introduce need to be taken seriously, as even the smallest network vulnerability can lead to dire consequences. Case in point: The Ponemon Institute recently calculated that the average cost to respond and remediate a network data breach averages companies over $3 million. This is why we will also see more organizations in 2017 implementing flexible and comprehensive monitoring solutions to analyze network traffic patterns. They will also offer end-to-end visibility into applications (e.g. remote desktops or secure file services), availability (e.g. windows servers, virtual machines, firewalls or load balancers) and connectivity (e.g. internet-facing links, VPN tunnels to remote offices or interface status/statistics) to help prevent unwanted breaches or unsolicited eyes from taking a peek at sensitive data.

We’ll also see an increase in partnerships with third-party vendors to help enterprises secure processes without the problem growing beyond a company’s ability to handle it. Companies will seek out partners who are well-equipped to manage the breadth of various regulation requirements – and who are also able to provide them with the tools they need to show compliance to auditors, so that no component of what they choose to solve their business problem becomes the weak link.

A hybrid cloud approach, coupled with proper security measures, will transform organizations in 2017, helping IT teams to simply “get the job done” in a timely and cost-effective manner. In fact, for any business wanting to succeed in today’s fast-paced digital economy, a secure hybrid cloud networking approach is the only way for enterprises to stay relevant to their customers and partners in 2017, and compete with industry newcomers for years to come.  

Joe Krivickas  can be reached at Ipswitch.

About Ipswitch

Today’s hard-working IT teams are relied upon to manage increasing complexity and deliver near-zero downtime. Ipswitch IT and network management software helps them succeed by enabling secure control of business transactions, applications and infrastructure. Ipswitch software is powerful, flexible and easy to try, buy and use. The company’s software helps teams shine by delivering 24/7 performance and security across cloud, virtual and network environments. Ipswitch Unified Infrastructure and Applications Monitoring software provides end-to-end insight, is extremely flexible and simple to deploy. The company’s Information Security and Managed File Transfer solutions enable secure, automated and compliant business transactions and file transfers for millions of users. Ipswitch powers more than 150,000 networks spanning 168 countries, and is based in Lexington, Mass., with offices throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia and Latin America. For more information, please visit https://www.ipswitch.com/, or connect with us on LinkedIn and Twitter.

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