The New Requirements for Managing and Powering Enterprise Cloud Growth

by Sean Donaldson

These days organizations are faced with handling and processing more data than ever, in turn escalating the demand for reliable managed services and hosted applications that are able to sustain the growth and provide the level of customer service required to improve the bottom line. In maneuvering these needs, corporate IT organizations face a myriad of challenges: reliability, availability, security, agility, and tight budgets.

Security, Security, Security: The New Requirements for Enterprise Growth
Perhaps the area that has undergone the most significant transformation is that of security. In the past, security was as simple as a firewall, or a framework comprised of basic components that was put in place once and that was considered good enough. ‘Set it and forget it!’

But now, with the constant evolution of new technologies and the rapid migration and growth of enterprise cloud usage, organizations are finding themselves up against a rotating door of new threats and security breaches that they may not be equipped to handle without the right help. There is a new set of requirements for managing enterprise cloud growth – security has become just as important as all other areas of data management.

What Challenges and Issues Have Brought Created the Need for These New Requirements?
In order to shine a light on the intensifying importance of security, it is important to understand the challenges and issues faced by operations teams as application infrastructures get increasingly complex, requiring performance management services that span an enterprise from physical to virtual, on-premise to cloud or hosted platforms. Issues not limited to but including:

  • A lack of appropriate expertise and resources:

As security threats increase and attackers continuously evolve, organizations are finding their old security practices outdated, but are unable to devote the resources necessary to staying ahead of new threat risks and vulnerabilities.

This also puts a strain on other areas of data management, as various departments are stretched thin responding in a reactionary manner as new threats crop up. Which creates a whole new issue…

  • The shifting of responsibility among various departments and technology teams:
    Without dedicated resources responsible for monitoring emerging threats and staying up to date on new vulnerabilities and how to mitigate new risk factors, new tech, and new social engineering, organizations are all but guaranteed to fall behind and be at greater risk for security breaches. While organizations may scramble to shift responsibilities and split the work of security monitoring and deployment, those teams will always lack the degree of focus needed to keep up with the constantly evolving varietal of attacks.Not only does this not adequately protect an enterprise from security threats, but it severely inhibits an enterprise to manage and power growth as focus in other areas and departments is fractured and lacking, making it tougher than ever for enterprises to meet the demands and expectations of their customers.
  • The inability to understand the real impact of downtime:
    While all enterprise applications perform optimally with the ability to process growth and deliver scalable performance on a 24/7 availability, no other area of data management and enterprise applications threaten the same risk severity if they falter in downtime.

Needed: Solutions That Ensure Security, Scalability, and Performance
The dire need for security management now mimics the same reason enterprises turned to managed service providers previously, bringing in expert, focused teams to manage and monitor enterprise applications. With application management the core responsibility of a managed service provider, enterprises were able to power their growth and deliver on their bottom line. They were able to ensure the scalability needed for growth, and deliver the performance needed for providing customer service that improved the bottom line.

Now, in order to continue powering enterprise growth, and managing enterprise growth into the fast-moving realm of cloud computing, there are new requirements: Dedicated resources that will provide the security intelligence needed to protect the organization and its customers.

Additionally, as security threats constant evolve and take new forms, enlisting a service provider with the requisite intelligence and expertise will provide additional safety nets, as such service providers have more transparency into the landscape and are able to see different threats from different industries, making them able to take a threat in one area and apply that threat intelligence across the breadth of their customers.

By enlisting specialized and dedicated security management experts, tasked with security monitoring, updating, deployment, and overall management, managed service providers can improve the ability of a company to respond quickly and effectively to customer needs, enhancing customer satisfaction and expanding business potential. In order to manage and power enterprise growth in the cloud, these are the new requirements.

Sean Donaldson is the CTO of Secure-24.

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