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Evolve IP 2015 Predictions: Taking the Cloud up a Notch in 2015


 

Virtualization and Cloud executives share their predictions for 2015.  Read them in this VMblog.com series exclusive.

Contributed article by Scott Kinka, CTO, Evolve IP

Taking the Cloud up a Notch in 2015

The last four years have seen tremendous growth in the cloud space, with adoption trending upwards consistently, as predicted. A recent cloud survey from Evolve IP, shows that nine out of 10 IT professionals believe that cloud computing is the future model for IT for mid-market business with 81 percent of respondents already having deployed at least one service in the cloud. This data reinforces momentum for cloud computing; Forrester Research predicts that the global market for cloud to reach $191 billion in 2020. It is pretty clear that the cloud has established a strong and credible place in the IT industry. How will momentum materialize in 2015? It is likely that the IT industry will have fewer new products and new service offerings coming to market, but will focus more on taking already existing tools and platforms in the cloud to the next level.

Another industry trend here to stay is mobility and the proliferation of BYOD. When the BYOD concept was first introduced, there were debates as to whether increase access and the anytime/anywhere work mentality would actually benefit workers and the workplace. As personal devices became more and more common in the workplace, companies began to rethink their approach to BYOD and initiating clear policies allowing, while still regulating, the devices. By 2014, a mobility survey showed that 95 percent of organizations enabled or supported mobility and BYOD. Not only that, but over three quarters of people (77 percent) thought that having the ability to work from anywhere, anytime via mobile device was a "great" or " good" benefit, and 80 percent felt that it enabled a better work-life balance.

Not all IT buzz stories in 2014 were as positive. IT security became a front page issue this past year, with countless major retail breaches, data hacks and cyber theft forcing all industries to reconsider their security standards. One of the major reasons for these breaches is human capital. A recent report from IBM attributed 95 percent  of IT security breaches to human error, which includes an employee leaving a laptop behind, a data center not being physically secure, a vulnerable iPad, and being the target of a phishing scheme via email, to name a few. And while this is happening even as BYOD is becoming the norm, who is responsible for management and the damage done, the employee or company, becomes a gray area. So at the end of 2014, we ask ourselves, where do we go from here?

This is where Mobile Device Management (MDM) will pervade. While the idea is not new, companies in 2015 will begin to leverage the resources and capabilities of the cloud and mobile to keep their security measures on point through MDM. With so many outside devices coming in, MDM can help organizations keep tabs on what is happening within their network. This will enable them to protect themselves against careless acts as well, for example, if there is no password on an iPad, the employee won't be able to access corporate data. If an employee loses their laptop, MDM can wipe the device of corporate data, instead of having no control and hoping the device does not fall into the wrong hands.

Also, more companies will embrace Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS). Even companies who are not ready to move their entire infrastructure will take advantage of the benefits offered by mechanizing processes for recovering systems during a disaster. In the Evolve IP cloud survey, disaster avoidance/ recovery /business continuity was the highest ranked expected benefit of moving to the cloud, as cited by 72 percent of respondents. It is safe to say that in the wake of significant weather emergencies, along with unforeseen events, businesses are more concerned today than ever before about business continuity and disaster recovery. In 2015, companies will move to DRaaS and put these solutions in place before a disaster hits, instead of waiting until after the storm has passed. Companies can start to leverage virtualization and the cloud when it is really needed and when a hurricane or snow storm hits, they won't have an issue keeping up with business as usual.

As industries from all verticals are moving online (healthcare, government, etc.) the need for secure environments is key, but the need to have a good defense on hand to help protect this data should an error occur is crucial. Luckily, the cloud provides an excellent launch platform.

About the Author

Scott Kinka serves as Chief Technology Officer for Evolve IP. An award-winning, 20-year technology veteran with expertise in virtualization, cloud security and telecommunications, Mr. Kinka designs the Evolve IP roadmap, leads Evolve IP's project team and works closely with customers and partners. Scott was named one of Philadelphia's 40 under 40 and selected as the region's Top IT Innovator by the Philadelphia Business Journal. Mr. Kinka also is a nationally recognized technology expert having appeared on CBS News along with being quoted extensively in publications like USA Today, FOX News and CIO Magazine. 

Published Wednesday, December 10, 2014 6:31 AM by David Marshall
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@VMblog - (Author's Link) - February 10, 2015 6:58 AM

Once again, how great is it to be a part of the virtualization and cloud industries? 2014 was another banner year, and we witnessed a number of fantastic technologies take shape and skyrocket. And I, along with many industry experts and executives, media

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