HyperScale Data Centers Featured Article

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

Click here to share your opinion – Would color of equipment influence your purchasing decision, one way or another?

Featured Blog Entries

Day 4, Cisco Live! - The Wrap

Day 4 was the final day of our first ever Cisco Live! We had a great show, with many great conversations and new connections with existing and potential end users, resellers, partners and job hunters.

Day 3, Cisco Live!

Day 3 of Cisco Live is history! For Fiber Mountain, we continued to enjoy visits from decision makers and influencers who were eager to share their data center and structured cabling challenges.

Day 2, Cisco Live!

Tuesday was Day 2 of Cisco Live for Fiber Mountain and we continued to experience high levels of traffic, with many high value decision makers and influencers visiting our booth. One very interesting difference from most conferences I attend is that there are no titles on anyone's show badges. This allows open conversations without people being pretentious. I think this is a very good idea.

Day 1, Cisco Live!

Fiber Mountain is exhibiting at Cisco Live! In Las Vegas for the first time ever! Our first day was hugely successful from just about any perspective - from quantity and quality of booth visitors to successful meetings with customers.

Industry News