Critical Security and Compliance Considerations for Hybrid Cloud Deployments

Critical Security and Compliance Considerations for Hybrid Cloud Deployments
For IT organizations struggling with demands to improve operational agility, lower operating costs and drive accelerated service delivery the answer more and more is hybrid cloud. Of course, the answer to what is hybrid cloud in the context of a specific organization varies widely. Generally, however, most organizations understand it to mean a mix of private, public and managed cloud.

And while what is best fit for hybrid cloud architectures would again vary, in a recent 451 Research survey of enterprise IT and information security vendors, close to three-quarters of the respondents have already embarked on a hybrid cloud journey – embracing a mix of private, public and managed clouds.
Inevitably, all organizations on the hybrid cloud adoption spectrum must wrestle with making the most of hybrid cloud architecture while still meeting security policies and compliance mandates for the protection and management of sensitive or proprietary data. These are not insignificant challenges. The two biggest problems are how to maintain control and visibility into security practices across distributed infrastructure, and how can organizations manage risk in an environment where technologies built for static infrastructure only cover partial ground.

Despite these challenges, many enterprises are finding ways to forge ahead with migrating compliant workloads into hybrid cloud environments, where issues around shared infrastructure, access control and data movement abound. So while security and compliance are a major concern, they are not necessarily a deal-killing roadblock. That’s why for many larger organizations a comprehensive risk management program is critical to moving more business processes into hybrid cloud architectures.

Many of the enterprises that have succeeded in moving compliant workloads to the cloud are using a combination of tools developed for hybrid cloud use cases. But tools alone won’t solve the challenge. 451 Research, in this report commissioned by Hewlett Packard Enterprise, looks at hybrid cloud security and compliance considerations from four vectors:

- The Shift Toward Hybrid Computing - Business Drivers

- The State of Hybrid Cloud Security

- Critical Elements of a Comprehensive Hybrid Cloud Compliance and Security Approach

- Balancing Compliance Requirements and Risk Mitigation with the Demands of Hybrid Cloud Adoption

Download the full report here!

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