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How to Overcome Misconceptions and Harness the Power of the Cloud

Organizations of all sizes and specialty are turning to cloud and SaaS products – and for good reason. As the 2018 Enterprise Cloud Trends report we commissioned with Vanson Bourne shows, 100 percent of the office workers polled have found SaaS tools to be beneficial, and IT decision makers (ITDMs), by and large, agree: 91 percent of those polled are planning to bring more SaaS offerings onto their network sooner rather than later.

But for all the exuberance surrounding cloud and SaaS, many stakeholders at all levels of an organization – from ITDMs to office staff – still don’t fully grasp exactly how the cloud operates, the survey shows. In fact, more than 61 percent of the IT professionals polled cited data privacy as a top concern with their organization’s cloud migration – though that hasn’t slowed down cloud adoption, indicating that IT may be ignoring their apprehensions rather than pausing to root out the cause.

While these concerns aren’t unfounded, they also aren’t completely legitimate. There are an array of cloud types and delivery models that both laymen and tech pros aren’t aware of that address many of the top concerns found in the survey head-on.

Further to that, many of the concerns highlighted in the report are easily attributed to uncertainty about cloud implementation and migration (35 and 34 percent of ITDM respondents, respectively). This indicates that most people are only imagining the traditional “monolithic,” shared-cloud architecture that underpins some of the most popular SaaS offerings.

In truth, the cloud as we know it comes in an array of shapes and sizes. For instance, the multi-tenant, shared-cloud environments that many major cloud security providers use are as restrictive as customers imagine – requiring fixed-maintenance schedules and uncontrolled downtime – difficult to implement, and have the potential to expose sensitive data from one customer among all users in that cloud space.

The iboss Distributed Gateway Platform, however, takes a different approach to the cloud, leveraging a node-based cloud architecture that dedicates resources, bandwidth and control to individual customers. This alleviates the concern regarding mixed data compromising privacy, while also allowing customers to enjoy a cloud solution that isn’t rigid and prescriptive.

Get all the details of the 2018 Enterprise Cloud Trends report:

 

Paul Martini is the CEO, co-founder and chief architect of iboss, where he pioneered the award-winning iboss Distributed Gateway Platform. Prior to founding iboss, Paul developed a wide-variety of complex security and technology solutions for clients such as Phogenix, the U.S. Navy, and Hewlett Packard. He was also a key contributor at Copper Mountain Networks working on designing and implementing FPGAs and broadband network infrastructure used by Telcos to build the cloud. His work at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) involved building distributed real-time systems for companies such as Rolls Royce. Copper Mountain and SAIC both launched successful IPOs. Paul has been recognized for his leadership and innovation, receiving the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of The Year award and being named one of Goldman Sachs’ 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs. He holds a Computer Science Degree from the University of California, and has had his work published in many scientific journals, including the Journal of Foundations in Computer Science and the Journal of Analytical Biochemistry.