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The utilization of cloud computing has continued to increase and evolve across industries in recent years. In fact, many organizations’ IT departments continue to report the prevalence of an internal “cloud first” mandate when modernizing data center capabilities or making other IT investments.1 Collectively, IT leadership across sectors is noting three drivers for increasing use of cloud technology as we wrap up Q1: flexibility, security, and disaster recovery (DR).

 

1. Flexibility
End-users continue to press IT for customized applications that run consistently and uninterrupted. To meet these expectations, organizations need infrastructure that is flexible and able to scale up or down as capacity is needed.2 This flexibility and scalability allows organizations to maintain high availability and performance of critical applications, meet demand requirements that can vary during seasonal business shifts, and ultimately save costs by scaling down when resources are not needed—stretching precious IT dollars.2

 

2. Security
Infrastructure needs to be secure, and security is the most important infrastructure and operations priority for 2017.2 And increasing numbers of businesses are comfortable considering the cloud for assistance in data protection.2 Additionally, more and more organizations are utilizing hybrid public cloud environments that allow infrastructure and operations teams to combine the scalability and flexibility of public cloud with the security of on-premises infrastructure.2 Organizations are attracted to the improved security and compliance that’s possible when identical environments are guaranteed in all locations as well as the cloud.

 

3. Disaster Recovery
The adoption of cloud-based DR has increased significantly in even the last two years, with 64 percent of organizations having already implemented cloud DR in December 2016 vs. just 46 percent in Q4 2014, according to a recent poll.1 It’s projected this interest will continue due to the need to augment or replace existing DR systems, to protect remote and branch offices by growing global companies, and to simply establish a new disaster recovery platform for companies that hadn’t been able to economically address this critical need. The perceived advantages of cloud-based DR efforts continue to be faster recovery, improved security, and lower operating costs.1

 

Ultimately, cloud computing will continue to become the new normal for organizations seeking a cost-effective, scalable, and flexible platform with the benefits of no downtime and uninterrupted, secure access for demanding end-users.

 

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Sources:
1 451 Research. “Cloud Based Disaster Recovery in 2016 and Beyond.” Dec. 2016.
2 Forrester. “Hybrid Cloud Users Demand Flexibility and Security.” Dec. 2016.