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McAfee Study Reveals 1-in-4 Organizations Using Public Cloud Has Had Data Stolen

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McAfee, the device-to-cloud cybersecurity company, today announced its third annual cloud adoption and security report, Navigating a Cloudy Sky: Practical Guidance and the State of Cloud Security. The report outlines the current state of cloud adoption, the primary concerns with private and public cloud services, security implications and the evolving impact of unmanaged cloud use for the more than 1,400 information technology (IT) professionals surveyed.

Lack of adequate visibility and control is the greatest challenge to cloud adoption in an organization. However the business value of the cloud-Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (SaaS)-is so compelling that some organizations are plowing ahead. Fortunately modern cloud security tools and practices don't require organizations to make that difficult choice between business velocity and data security.

"Despite the clear prevalence of security incidents occurring in the cloud, enterprise cloud adoption is pressing on," said Rajiv Gupta, senior vice president of the cloud security business unit, McAfee. "By implementing security measures that allow organizations to regain visibility and control of their data in the cloud, businesses can leverage the cloud to accelerate their business and improve the security of their data."

SolarWinds Study Finds Cloud Computing is Top Transformative Technology and Main Cause of Mounting Performance Challenges

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SolarWinds, a leading provider of powerful and affordable IT management software, today released the findings of its annual state-of-the-industry study. The new study reveals the state of today's IT landscape: IT professionals are continuing to prioritize investments in cloud computing as they grapple with how to leverage the benefits of emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning. A juxtaposition of the findings with other independent research also suggests a misalignment between the IT investment priorities of the practitioners surveyed and their leaders.

The IT Trends Report 2018: The Intersection of Hype and Performance, the company's annual report on IT trends, explores the spectrum of today's existing and emerging technologies, and the extent to which they are disrupting IT and optimizing the performance of environments as organizations progress in their digital transformation journeys.

Overall, North American IT professionals are prioritizing investments in cloud computing and hybrid IT more than any other technology; 94 percent of respondents indicate that cloud/hybrid IT are one of the top five most important technologies to their organization's IT strategy today. By contrast, just two years ago, over one-third of IT professionals indicated, as part of the SolarWinds IT Trends Report 2016: The Hybrid IT Evolution, that cloud computing was somewhat important or not important at all. While AI and machine learning (ML) are not currently the highest priorities for IT professionals, optimizing cloud/hybrid IT environments creates a critical pathway to eventually deploy and capture the compelling benefits of these emerging technologies.

New Study Shows Cloud Adoption Boom Is Fueling The Transformation Of IT

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Cloud adoption is booming, driving IT transformation in the modern enterprise, with organizations taking advantage of software-defined infrastructure (SDI), containers and DevOps to keep pace with the demands of today's markets. That's according to the 2017 global study of IT professionals commissioned and released by enterprise open source infrastructure solution provider SUSE.

The study provides insights into what is driving the rapid growth and momentum of new technologies and strategies, and why these are vital to IT professionals looking to support their transformation initiatives as they seek to improve agility, reduce risk and decrease operational expenses. Study insights include:

Independent Research Firm Study Cites Cloud Migration Challenges, Says Migration Should Be a 'Continuous Process'

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Cloud migration should not be thought of as a one-time project but as a continuous process that requires thoughtful reassessment and re-alignment to maximize the potential value of cloud, an independent research firm concluded in a commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of CloudHealth Technologies.

The research from Forrester Consulting, "Due Diligence is the Cornerstone of Public Cloud Migration Success," is a Technology Adoption Profile (TAP), a format in which Forrester summarizes market surveys and custom research questionnaires to show how IT organizations are using and benefiting from emerging technology and industry trends. The study polled 108 U.S. decision makers responsible for public cloud (IaaS) strategy at firms migrating workloads to public cloud.

The study reached the following conclusions:

Google Study Finds Enterprises Who Trust The Cloud Beyond Cutting Costs See Revenue Growth

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These and many other insights are from the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU)’s Google-sponsored study, Trust in cloud technology and business performance: Reaping benefits from the cloud (PDF, no opt-in, 28 pp.) and found that enterprises that trust cloud computing apps and platforms to transform their businesses beyond cost cutting see revenue growth.

Fostering and continually supporting business transformations that leverage cloud computing’s inherent strengths is how high-trust enterprises are gaining greater revenue outcomes than competitors. The study is quick to point out that higher trust in cloud computing alone doesn’t lead to better financial results, and “put simply, higher cloud trust appears to facilitate behavioural and process change within an organisation,” according to the study’s results...

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Study Shows Small Businesses Are Doubling Profits by Switching to Cloud Computing

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Are you a cloud supporter or a cloud skeptic? That’s the divide many businesses are facing as cloud computing continues to gain in popularity. While cloud supporters maintain that it can provide numerous benefits for companies, cloud skeptics say it presents too many issues surrounding security and data ownership.

These issues are of particular concern for small businesses since they usually operate with limited budgets and resources. But what do real world results say about the effectiveness of using the cloud? Luckily, a new study has recently been released detailing how small businesses are using the cloud to great success. It shows that those who remain skeptical of the cloud might be missing out on some golden opportunities to expand their businesses and earn a lot more money...

More than three quarters of firms concerned over consumer grade cloud storage

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A new paper from Osterman Research in conjunction with CTERA Networks argues a clear need for organisations to adopt enterprise grade file sync and share (EFSS) software due to security and shadow IT fears.  Naturally, the conclusion of the report is less than surprising given CTERA’s continued push against consumer grade (CFSS) software.

Back in July the firm released research detailing how three quarters of firms are looking for an alternative to public file sync and share services. VP strategic marketing Rani Osnat told this publication how while the likes of Box and Dropbox have made a concerted effort at greater security, more still needed to be done...

Internet of Things to Revolutionize the IT Department: IDC

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IT managers are in for big changes during the next few years as billions of connected devices light up the Internet of Things (IoT), according to IDC.  The Framingham, Mass.-based technology research firm published its IoT predictions for 2015 and they point to massive disruption in data center market.

Ninety percent of data center and enterprise systems management environments are expected to switch to new business models to handle IoT and BYOD devices by 2017. Forty percent of IoT data will be processed and stored at, or close to, the network edge by 2018.  IoT at the edge: By 2018, 40 percent of IoT-created data will be stored, processed, analyzed, and acted upon close to, or at the edge, of the network...

CompTIA: More than 90 Percent of Businesses Using Cloud

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The cloud "has quickly become an essential ingredient of modern IT," says CompTIA Inc., using data from its latest study, "5th Annual Trends in Cloud Computing," which reports more than 90 percent adoption, at some level, of cloud computing. That conclusion was based on a June/July 2014 survey, which also found that moving applications, infrastructure and other resources to the cloud isn't nearly as easy as some vendors claim in the marketing materials.

"This may come as a surprise to some firms, as they may hold an expectation that the initial migration and integration posed the largest obstacles to smooth cloud operations," Seth Robinson, CompTIA's senior director for technology analysis, was quoted as saying in a press release...

Intuit Study Shows How the Cloud Will Transform Small Business by 2020

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Nearly 80 percent of U.S. small businesses will be fully adapted to cloud computing by 2020, more than doubling the current 37 percent rate, according to “Small Business Success in the Cloud,” a new report from Emergent Research and Intuit Inc.

“This report paints a detailed picture of how small businesses will increasingly use cloud technology not only for efficiency gains, but also in more transformative ways that redefine the rules for achieving long-term success,” said Terry Hicks, vice president and general manager, QuickBooks Online Ecosystem at Intuit...