With summer officially upon us it’s been a scorcher of a month in the world of Hybrid IT. So let’s take a look at the hottest stories that have been hitting the headlines…
The future’s bright; the future’s cloud
Business technology isn’t what it was five years ago with cloud spurring on its evolution.
Increasingly, it’s becoming an invaluable, indispensable part of an organisation’s IT portfolio and a key component of businesses strategy.
So what effect is this having on business and customers?
Speaking to I-ICO, Fujitsu EMEIA’s Head of Hybrid IT, Mark Phillips said “Customers have now moved from cloud being something that helps them maintain profit and reduce costs to something they see as part of their strategy to persuade customers that they are the number one supplier. In other words, it’s driving the top line rather than preserving the bottom line.”
What does this mean for the future of cloud? OpenStack is growing rapidly, says Mark, and Fujitsu, one of only 16 vendors to pass the interoperability test, offers OpenStack across public, private and virtual private clouds.
The key future to the success of cloud services is compatibility.
“You don’t want to be a business that bought into a proprietary technology and finds it doesn’t work with a partner’s cloud,” said Mark. “So adoption of open systems is really important to ensure you can achieve the full benefits of cloud.”
New to Hybrid IT or need a refresh?
If you’re completely new to Hybrid IT or just need a refresh, this handy guide by TechRepublic has got you covered. Advice ranges from the bare basics such as ‘What is hybrid cloud” up to why it matters, who Hybrid IT affects and what’s next for the technology.
In the meantime, check out our own Brad Mallard’s timeline of Hybrid IT; where it began and where it’s going…
Security concerns not stopping cloud adoption in Europe
European businesses are on board when it comes to investing in public cloud, even though security concerns are still prevalent.
77% of organisations use the public cloud to store employee information, customer bank details and business intellectual property data, according to a new study.
Although it’s great to hear investment in public cloud is on the rise, there’s a clear lack of understanding as to who takes responsibility for keeping data safe.
And it’s something that needs to be rectified because “by the time you have a data problem, it’s already too late…” according to Fujitsu’s Mark Phillips.
It’s certainly not all doom and gloom though – more than 50% of respondents revealed they have invested in extra security products, safeguarding access to the public cloud, with those planning to do so in the future coming in at 37%.