Security remains a major issue in cloud adoption, experts stressed

Posted on May 28 2015 - 4:17pm by Michael David Tan

SINGAPORE – Industry practitioners and experts here in NetEvent’s 2015 APAC Press & Service Provider VIP Summit agree that security remains a major issue in the adoption of cloud by enterprises.

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Cloud adoption continues to increase. IDC, for instance, reported that 80% of US companies are at least considering investing in cloud, and that 34% of businesses expect to increase cloud spending in the next 24 months. In fact, by 2018, business expenditures in IT – including cloud – is expected to reach $122 billion. Specifically related to cloud, today, 31.4% use external cloud; and in 24 months, this is expected to increase to over 40%.

Also, based on the data culled by Current Analysis, more than half (66%) of enterprises already currently use cloud services, with 58% of these enterprises using private cloud, 28% using hybrid, and the rest using public cloud. And among these cloud-users, almost half (44%) consider security as the main concern.

According to Dan Pitt, executive director of Open Networking Foundation, simply put, for many enterprises that turn to cloud, “hybrid is the goal, and security is the issue.”

The concern for security is understandable, said Amit Sinha Roy, vice president at TATA Communications.

“With the amount and the nature of information that we’re putting out, the layers of security required also increases,” Roy said. “Starting from who can access (the information put out), how they access (the information), to who can download the information, how it’s stored… And while there are standards that are there, as we keep increasing the (data), the concerns over security will only increase.”

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Already, companies offering cloud-related services are offering security-specific services. Verizon, for instance, offers backend security services wherein “we work with customers if they select us, check their networks (for them), and report to them (security-related) incidences that they aren’t even aware of,” said Chris Rezentes, regional manager for partner and product strategy in Asia Pacific of Verizon. “Will we reach that point where we won’t worry about (security)? I’d say we’re a long way from that. But we keep improving in that level.”

For its part, Wedge Networks created, and offers a virtual product, “and what it can do is take data streams, ‘tear’ it apart, and then do whatever action a customer wants with the data,” said Steve Chappell, the company’s executive VP for sales and marketing/COO. Things do not work the way they did in the past anymore, “so we’re changing the way people deal with them.”

Meanwhile, TATA Communications offers new network services that evolve beyond today’s common WAN technologies, such as with its new IZO Platform, a cloud enablement platform to provide performance for cloud applications and services, and which makes use of the growth into each other of private carrier networks and the public Internet.

“More awareness is needed on the security side,” Rezentes said. “But companies should be willing to invest.”

The need to closely look into investing here as the cloud becomes ubiquitous was similarly stressed by Roy. “There is no getting away from cloud,” Roy ended.

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Cloud adoption and the accompanying challenges were highlighted at NetEvent’s 2015 APAC Press & Service Provider VIP Summit in Singapore
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About the Author

MICHAEL DAVID “Mick” DELA CRUZ TAN is a graduate of Bachelor of Arts (Communication Studies) of the University of Newcastle in New South Wales, Australia. He has been working as a writer for over 14 years, with his pieces published in Philippine dailies, magazines and Webzines, among others. He also worked for donor agencies, overseeing publications about advocacy issues – e.g. writing the “Being LGBT in Asia: Philippines Country Report”, funded by UNDP and USAID. He received the Catholic Mass Media Awards (Best Investigative Report) in 2006. Mick is a multi-tasker, able to: photograph, do artworks with mixed media, write (of course), shoot flicks, community-organize, facilitate, lecture, and conduct researches (with pioneering studies under his belt), among others. He is even conversant in Filipino Sign Language. He now heads the only LGBTzine in the Philippines, Outrage Magazine, which he established in 2007. He subsequently founded Zest Magazine and Fringe Magazine, and is a co-publisher and Editor-at-Large of Upgrade Magazine.

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