Cloud Networking Webinar Wrap-Up with 451 Research

When the hybrid cloud is there, you know it’s going to be a party!

It was great turnout for our recent webinar with 451 Research’s Chief Analyst, Eric Hanselman. Eric brought a ton of great research to the table regarding the journey of many companies thinking about or on their way to the cloud, as well as some recommended best practices.

We can’t thank the audience enough for the terrific engagement and feedback we received. We had some great questions come our way that Eric and Connor answered for the audience, so we went ahead typed them up below.

If you’d like to view the recording of this webinar you can access it here.

Q&A Write-Up

What kind of companies/people were surveyed for the data you showed?

Eric: It’s a pretty broad spectrum. We typically have respondent counts from five to six hundred, or sometimes over a thousand. It is organizations that tend to skew a little larger, 1/3 probably being sized at $2 billion or more—a couple thousand employees or more. About another 1/3 are in the top end of much larger organizations, ten thousand plus employees, tens of billions of dollars. About 60% are North American, 20% European, about 10-15% from Asia, and another 5-10% from India.

Based on the first chart you showed us, why do you believe there will be such a large jump away from on-premises infrastructure in the next two years, and why do you think public cloud will be the most popular place to move to?

Eric: If you look at the numbers, public cloud actually wasn’t the most popular. The most popular was actually on-premises private infrastructure. The thing about that transition is that you’re taking existing application environments and looking at making them more available to end users, whether they happen to be employees, customers, what have you. It’s that pressure that organizations are feeling that’s causing respondents to be reporting such high levels of expectation of movement.

As I said, I think a certain amount of this is aspirational. I don’t think most organizations will be able to move this fast, but there’s certainly the desire. I think a lot of that is just the pressure to be able to get more in what they deliver in application value to an audience that is more dispersed; whether or not that’s employees that are outside of the traditional headquarters environment, or customers that want to be able to access things from mobile environments. Those are really strong pressures to move more of your capabilities to places where they’ll perform well enough to actually give useful and competitive performance.

There certainly is a big push to private cloud. I think there is now a better understanding of what kinds of things private cloud is good for, but you know that 21% on-premises private cloud is still that chunk that wants to be able to have infrastructure they can consume more flexibly. But again, both big pushes in that direction.

For people with a direct link between sites and their public cloud deployments, why would they need something like DxOdyssey?

Connor: You could certainly still use DxOdyssey on top of a direct link, MPLS, or any of those types of infrastructure that are already in place. What DxOdyssey will do is provide you with more granular levels of security, so again rather than having things just be wide open and then having to restrict them down with various rules—you can actually create more granular security by setting this up. I also want to mention those other remote users. Maybe your on-premises and cloud are linked together directly, but what about the folks that are the road warriors, or maybe doing some work from home. This is a great way to be able to allow folks to tie in to that without the complexity of setting up something like a VPN.

Eric: Also, you can have things like an Amazon Direct Connect or a Microsoft Express route. Those are great transports, but as we were talking about earlier, there’s still the complexity of ensuring that you’ve got all of the access control policies set up within the individual BPCs or individual environments; having something that can give you an abstraction that works across all of those with a common set of controls means it reduces risk by reducing the potential for misconfiguration.

Why do you think most people don’t see the vendor or provider reliability as a barrier to moving to the cloud, but security is? Wouldn’t the reliability of the vendor dictate security?

Eric: There is that one leg of the CIA triad that is availability. That is certainly just as big a part of security as confidentiality or integrity. Security is always one of those initial concerns because in a lot of cases it can be an unknown. You know the actual effectiveness of the controls that are in place in a cloud provider. Security is one of those things we identify first as IT professionals because one: it’s something that is critically important, and two: it may be hard to fully understand and translate into your own terms. You know the controls that are in place and the risks they mitigate in your own environment, but you may not yet fully understand what those capabilities are in the cloud.

 

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Lauren Hawes