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More organizations turn to hybrid cloud for data management strategies

With the increasing adoption of the public cloud, firms are realizing that it is not a complete all-encompassing technological solution. For smaller institutions, the public cloud may suffice, but for most organizations it falls into the normal realm of technology in that it can complement a business but it needs to work in cohesion with the entire business as well as the technology stack.

This is leading to hybrid cloud adoption becoming a strategy that most organizations see as the one that is the most effective. It can be any combination of multiple public clouds, or more traditionally the public cloud augmenting and adjusting the technology use within the organization to better fit the client needs.

This allows organizations to pick what is best for them, not the cloud providers. It also enables positive change within the organization. The user experience changes without the seismic shift that comes with a pure public cloud migration.

Cloud Data Center

The areas that established organizations will struggle with will be the traditional server infrastructures. Many infrastructures have been adapted to a cloud model and work well, such as email with Office 365. But others have not because of the traditional server infrastructure, which can be difficult and costly to adapt. Here is where organizations will be better served by leveraging the public cloud for services that are easily moved, and leveraging their existing investments in infrastructure to run those traditional workloads.

There surely will be more shifts coming in public and hybrid cloud models, and customers will be the driving force behind them. Organizations will want to leverage the same flexibility and scalability they have with the public cloud services to these traditional server infrastructures.

What does that mean? They are going to push software vendors to adapt to the Software as a Service (SaaS) model. If their vendor doesn’t adapt, they will seek competitors who will.

We will start to see higher rates of churn within specific software verticals as customers use their purchasing power to impact change for these legacy applications. Some will be able to quickly impact that change if it hasn’t already happened. Other larger verticals will start to feel the pressure from a cost perspective to provide SaaS style pricing and flexibility in the traditional software delivery area. Software vendors who do not have a solid strategy in this space will feel the pressure.

All of this churn within infrastructure and software will come with new security concerns and risks. Firms will need to analyze the risks carefully. There will always be new security threats and breaches as nefarious actors find ways to exploit hardware and software vulnerabilities.

Firms are going to need to rethink their security posture when creating their hybrid cloud strategy.

Gone are the days of large firms being able to just wall their internal users from the Internet. With cloud- based services, employees need the Internet for their jobs. You can see the change -- Microsoft is providing direct recommendations to firms on how to structure their network or proxy designs to help customers ensure they have a positive user experience with the cloud.

Firms are going to struggle as some of these recommendations are in stark contrast to security “baselines” that infrastructure teams have been designing around for years.

Software vendors are also going to be challenged to put out new products quickly, pivoting from on-premises to SaaS. Once they are in the SaaS model, they will also need to put out updates quickly and securely. The SaaS model implies there is a baseline infrastructure that the software vendor maintains. This is a new skill set, and outside of many core competencies.

Many vendors will be challenged with aggregating all their clients into a central infrastructure, not only for scale but for security concerns. There will be requirements for new skill sets in organizations that were once purely developer-focused and that will need to build and manage a scalable infrastructure to support their client base.

In an SaaS world, quick updates and feature changes are expected. How software vendors react to pushing code quickly, but ensuring that code is foundationally sound and secure will be paramount to their success. Vendors will need to rethink their development cycles and how they do code and security reviews on a frequent basis.

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