Business Security Concerns Drive Rise in Hybrid Cloud

IT organisations are looking to hybrid cloud deployment models to meet their growing market need for increased data security and control when provisioning online file sharing (OFS) and collaboration applications for enterprises, report US firms Workshare and Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG).

“Although online file sharing and collaboration applications have provided a number of benefits for customers, they also report a number of ongoing challenges following adoption,” said Terri McClure, senior analyst at ESG. “Security is viewed as the biggest challenge among current OFS users and the most significant concern among potential users.

“There is a shift in demand, and users now want the ability to retain some data in-house. With recent issues surrounding internet surveillance, we can expect to see a greater demand for hybrid cloud deployments that let enterprises choose where their data is housed – on premises, in the cloud, on US soil, or in a specific country.”

Among key findings of the research:

  • Eighty-four per cent of current corporate OFS users subscribe to a public cloud model.
  • Of those organisations leveraging a public cloud model, almost all (97%) said they would be interested in a hybrid option that allows them to keep some or all data on premises.
  • Fifty-four per cent stated the driving factor for wanting to deploy a hybrid cloud model is flexibility and control over where their data is stored.
  • A further 41% said the ability to leverage existing infrastructure was crucial.

Workshare is a provider of secure enterprise collaboration and communication applications, while ESG is an IT analyst and business strategy firm.


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