According to Cisco’s Global Cloud Index, it is expecting to see the number of what it calls hyperscale data centers to nearly double to 628 by the year 2021.
In addition, the index points to an over twofold increase in IoT connections that will contribute to expanding data center demands.
While organizations are making their digital transformations, and jumping head first into the cloud, it’s also no surprise that Cisco cites security and integration with existing IT environments as a concern for potential cloud-based applications. It says: “a growing range of consumer and business cloud services are currently available” which take into account these requirements such as privacy, mobility and multiple device access.
Cisco also reports that by 2021, “75 percent of the total cloud workloads and compute instances will be Software-as-a- Service (SaaS), up from 71 percent in 2016” and that Platform-as a-Service (PaaS) instances will increase by 8 per cent.
With this trend towards cloud clearly continuing, organizations will have to think carefully about protecting their data in the cloud, especially when using popular cloud SaaS applications like Salesforce, Google, Microsoft or Oracle. Of course, cloud services offer a level of data protection for customers, but in particular with regulations such as the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that becomes enforceable from the 25th of May this year, the responsibility to ensure protection is placed firmly with the owner of the data.
Enterprises taking advantage of all the cloud has to offer need to be wary that they are still in control of their own data, particularly sensitive and personal data they hold on customers and employees. The best way to do this is to use an encryption gateway that encrypts or tokenizes data as it goes into the cloud and make sure that the organization (not the cloud service provider) remains in control of the means to decrypt the information.
The Cisco Global Cloud Index report can be downloaded here.