More data is moving to the cloud and organizations need to secure it.
According to Cisco Systems’ “Global Cloud Index” report, cloud traffic will grow 3.3-fold from 6 zettabytes in 2016 to 19.5 zettabytes in 2021. For a sense of scale, 1 zettabyte equals 1 trillion gigabytes.
By 2021, cloud services will account for 95 percent of all data center traffic, up from 88 percent in 2016. That’s not surprising, since, according to the report, more businesses and users will access cloud-based services on their devices. By 2021, 94 percent of all workloads and compute instances will be cloud-based, up from 83 percent in 2016.
And more of those cloud services will run on public cloud infrastructure, according to the Cisco report. Globally, the percentage of cloud services running in public clouds from Microsoft, Google and others will increase from 58 percent in 2016 to 73 percent in 2021.
Cloud is unique and “truly transformational” because it is not IT-driven but instead driven by businesses units and IT teams need to react, according to Kaushik Narayan, vice president and CTO of the cloud business unit at McAfee.
Speaking this week at the CDW Protect SummIT in Phoenix, he said “the notion of friction is important” when it comes to cloud security. “How do you go about building capabilities so businesses and users do not see any friction?” he asked. – Read more