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Report: Cloud Services Confidence Grows Despite Security Concerns

IT professionals are growing more confident in public clouds despite security concerns, a new report from security provider Barracuda said.

In addition to assessing public cloud confidence among the 800 respondents, including executives, individual contributors, and team managers with responsibility for their organization’s cloud infrastructure, Cloud networks: Shifting into hyperdrive, covers constraints on cloud access, rising network infrastructure costs and economical connectivity.

“As organizations continue to radically transform their infrastructures and rely more on the public cloud, they are uncovering new connectivity and security challenges,” said Klaus Gheri, Barracuda Network security vice president.

Here are the study’s key findings:

On IT professionals’ confidence in the cloud.

  • Roughly 75% use multiple cloud providers, such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform.
  • Nearly 80% say their organization has deployed an Azure-based network.

On constraints to cloud access.

  • 56% are struggling to ensure seamless availability and “always-on” access to cloud applications for their organizations.
  • Nearly 70% experience latency and performance issues running SaaS workloads, such as Office 365.

On network infrastructure costs.

  • More than 70% are using traditional access methods, such as MPLS, in their organization's network.
  • More than 60% say their MPLS costs increase heavily due to seasonal workload peaks.

On easier and more economical connectivity.

  • More than 70% plan to implement an SD-WAN solution in the next 12 months to address cloud-connectivity issues.
  • Nearly 60% are hesitant to adopt an SD-WAN solution because of fears that they are complex and expensive.

“By embracing highly-flexible secure access service edge solutions, organizations of all sizes and types can improve connectivity, simplify management, and strengthen security,” Gheri said.

D. Howard Kass

D. Howard Kass is a contributing editor to MSSP Alert. He brings a career in journalism and market research to the role. He has served as CRN News Editor, Dataquest Channel Analyst, and West Coast Senior Contributing Editor at Channelnomics. As the CEO of The Viewpoint Group, he led groundbreaking market research.