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Too Many Imperatives, Too Little Time

By Bob Winter

As Managing Director for part of 451’s Advisory team, I work with clients across all of the 451 channels. My team in particular is charged with helping marketers answer the most vexing questions their customers are asking them, using a combination of custom research and analyst insights.

Usually about mid-year, it becomes clear to me that there are three or four questions that thread through the dozens of engagements we do every year.

This year those questions, of course, can all be tracked back to “The Cloud”.

Specifically, it has become clear that the cloud is entering the “Early Majority” market, where mainstream, conservative businesses are embracing the move to a hybrid cloud model of digital architecture.

Some of the questions this raises are:
-How do we determine what workloads to move to the cloud?
-How do I adjust my development model to adapt to this transition?
-How do I deploy in this blurred environment where Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service(PaaS) and Containers seem to be converging and offering multiple options to achieve the same result?
-What are the risks – and benefits – of moving my applications? 

We address these answers in a Black and White paper we did recently for Red Hat entitled:

“THE IMPERATIVE FOR HYBRID IT: CLOUD AND INNOVATION IN THE MODERN ERA” By Donnie Berkholz, Research Director, Development, DevOps and IT Ops, 451 Research

You can download the paper here.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me: bob.winter@the 451group.com, or Donnie Berkholz: donnie.berkholz@451research.com.
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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.
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