Oct 13, 2020

Aruba report details increased utilisation of edge computing

Edge
Cloud
IoT
Aruba
William Smith
2 min
New research from enterprise networking firm Aruba, part of Hewlett Packard Enterprise, has revealed that more companies are embracing edge computing
New research from enterprise networking firm Aruba, part of Hewlett Packard Enterprise, has revealed that more companies are embracing edge computing...

New research from enterprise networking firm Aruba, part of Hewlett Packard Enterprise, has revealed that more companies are embracing edge computing.

The practice of edge computing involves processing data closer to the places in which it is generated, rather than in a central location. This has become necessary owing to the vast volumes of data generated both by users and IoT devices connected to networks.

As part of its “At the Edge of Change: Navigating the New Data Era” report, the company commissioned a survey which found that 44% of UK IT decision makers in the UK are already actively using Edge technologies, while 57% said that edge systems were at least “somewhat” urgent.

In a press release, Partha Narasimhan, CTO and HPE Senior Fellow for Aruba, said: “This research suggests that the vast majority of IT leaders are already embracing the Edge or are preparing to.

“Developing an Edge strategy against the backdrop of existing cloud implementations is becoming a necessity as the number of connected devices increases and it becomes impractical to transfer vast volumes of data to a cloud or data center environment, especially as organisations undergo digital transformation to advance their business objectives and address customer needs.” 

Other standout findings included the act that 78% of IT decision makers in “production deployments with edge technologies” said that the data collected could be used to improve the business. However, a lack of skills, security considerations and cost were cited as the main stopping blocks for wider adoption.

Narasimhan added: “Harnessing insights at the Edge is an opportunity for enterprises to revolutionise their approach to data and unlock its value as a business asset. Organisations that can process, store and analyse data at the Edge will be able to use that data first to optimise their existing business model, and over time, will develop innovative products, services and experiences that will not only augment, but transform their offerings for customers and employees.”

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Jun 15, 2021

IT Employees Predict 90% Increase in Cloud Security Spending

Technology
Cloud
Cybersecurity
Investments
Elise Leise
3 min
Companies that took the initiative on cloud platforms are trying to cope with the security risks, according to Devo Technology’s report

As companies get back on their feet post-pandemic, they’re going all-in on cloud applications. In a recent report by Devo Technology titled “Beyond Cloud Adoption: How to Embrace the Cloud for Security and Business Benefits”, 81% of the 500 IT and security team members surveyed said that COVID accelerated their cloud timelines. More than half of the top-performing businesses reported gains in visibility. In fact, the cloud now outnumbers on-premise solutions at a 3:1 ratio

But the benefits are accompanied by significant cybersecurity risks, as cloud infrastructure is more complex than legacy systems. Let’s dive in. 

 

Why Are Cloud Platforms Taking Over? 

According to Forrester, the public cloud infrastructure market could grow 28% over the next year, up to US$113.1bn. Companies shifting to remote work and decentralised workplaces find it easy to store and access information, especially as networks start to share more and more supply chain and enterprise information—think risk mitigation platforms and ESG ratings. 

Here’s the catch: when you shift to the cloud, you choose a more complex system, which often requires cloud-native platforms for network security. In other words, you can’t stop halfway. ‘Only cloud-native platforms can keep up with [the cloud’s] speed and complexity” and ultimately increase visibility and control’, said Douglas Murray, CEO at cloud security provider Valtix. 

Here’s a quick list of the top cloud security companies, as ranked by Software Testing Help: 

 

What are the Security Issues? 

Here’s the bad news. According to Accenture, less than 40% of companies have achieved the full value they expected on their cloud investments. All-in greater complexity has forced companies to spend more to hire skilled tech workers, analyse security data, and manage new cybersecurity threats. 

The two main issues are (1) a lack of familiarity with cloud systems and (2) challenges with shifting legacy security systems to new platforms. Out of the 500 IT employees from Devo Technology’s cloud report, for example, 80% said they’d sorted 40% more security data, suffered from a lack of cloud security training, and experienced a 60% increase in cybersecurity threats. 

How Will Companies React? 

They certainly won’t stop investing in cloud platforms. Out of the 500 enterprise-level companies that Devo Technology talked to throughout North America and Western Europe, 90% anticipated a jump in cloud security spending in 2021. They’ll throw money at automating security processes and investing in security upskilling programmes. 

After all, company executives will find it incredibly difficult to stick with legacy systems when some cloud-centred companies have found success. Since moving from Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) offerings to the cloud, Accenture has saved up to 70% on its processes; recently, the company announced that it would invest US$3bn to help its clients ‘realise the cloud’s business value, speed, cost, talent, and innovation benefits’. 


The company stated: ‘Security is often seen as the biggest inhibitor to a cloud-first journey—but in reality, it can be its greatest accelerator’. 

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