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Virtualization and the Cloud: The Data Center's Last Crusade


May 06, 2016

HyTrust has played skipper riding high on the software-defined seas for some time now. Recognizing that virtualization and the cloud are transformative technologies, poised to play a major in the transformation of network infrastructure. However, the firm also diagnosed security as a formidable hurdle to adopting the cloud and its sibling virtualization technologies.

A few weeks back, HyTrust announced the results of its first SDDC Study, highlighting the top three concerns being data breach risk (70 percent), operational issues (60 percent) and audit/compliance issues (60 percent). A point of interest is that 90 percent of respondents believe effective automation is important to large scale deployment. I introduce this point because although there is concern, c-level executives recognize the potential in this burgeoning technology.

Today, HyTrust released the results of its newest study, “The State of the Cloud and Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) 2016,” and they certainly illustrate that executives possess clear understanding of everything to gain from the cloud and virtualization.

“It’s always been hard to deny the potential benefits of SDDC infrastructure, but in the past the obvious advantages have sometimes been overshadowed by concerns over security and compliance,” said Eric Chiu, president of HyTrust.

A couple points of note from the survey. When asked “how well current SDDC platforms and strategies ensure top-tier security that meets their organizations’ needs,” 94 percent of respondents gave the response very or somewhat well. In addition, 93 percent of respondents noted better security will aid companies in seeing a faster return on investment – i.e. agility, cost savings and improved performance. 

While it appears security concerns have been alleviated, the hint of a threat still exists. And as we move forward the industry will see these holes plugged.

Chiu continued to say, “What we’re seeing now is clear progress in this exciting arena, as technology solutions that balance high-quality workload security with effortless automation push back those fears. The focus is now exactly where it should be: ensuring that the virtualized or cloud infrastructure enables tremendous cost savings with unparalleled agility and flexibility.”

The software-defined journey is a marathon not a sprint, like any new technology the first few steps along the way are the most tentative but over time following the path of innovation turns that leap of faith into a path to victory.

 Have you chosen poorly or wisely?




Edited by Stefania Viscusi

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