Supporting the Digital User, Optimizing Mobility, and Creating Security

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We are well into 2016 already and more organizations than ever are moving towards some kind of digital-ready platform. The adoption of virtualized applications, workloads and entire platforms delivers a number of critical benefits for your data center and business.

Today, cloud economics – including server cost, resiliency, scalability, and product lifespan, along with enhancements in cloud security – are promoting migration of workloads across servers, both inside the data center and across data centers (even data centers in different geographic areas). Very recently, IDC pointed out that the total spending on IT infrastructure products (server, storage, and Ethernet switch) for deployment in cloud environments will increase by 18.9% in 2016 to reach $38.2 billion.

In the long-term forecast, IDC expects that spending on IT infrastructure for cloud environments will grow at a 12.5% five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) to $57.8 billion in 2020. This will represent 47.9% of the total spending on enterprise IT infrastructure in 2020.

This growth around cloud and the digital ecosystem is heavily driven by digitization trends and a very mobile user. We’re seeing more devices and more ways where users can be productive in their digital space. Still, throughout this digital revolution, security and optimization are still big concerns.

As you set your sights on your digital platform and your own cloud in 2016 and beyond – it’s critical to look at security from a new, broader perspective. One event that no organization wants to experience is a data breach. Now, with even more information being stored within the data center, organizations of all sizes could potentially become a target. Still, we hear the term “data breach” and don’t really understand the full impact of a security leak. Honestly, it really doesn’t hit home until you actually quantify it all. A recent report from the Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST) really paints the picture around the ramifications of a data breach as it impacts the healthcare world. Over the recent years, the numbers around healthcare data breaches can be quit sobering.

  • Total Breaches: 495
  • Total Records: 21.12 million
  • Total Cost: $4.1 billion
  • Average Size: 42,659 records
  • Average Cost: $8.27 million
  • Average Time to Identify: 84.78 days
  • Average Time to Notify: 68.31 days

So how can you better secure your own cloud? How can you create more optimization while still employing compliance and visibility? And, very importantly – how can you create a more proactive cloud platform while enabling digitization and mobile users? Let’s look at three ways to create more secure and optimized digital environment.

  • Deploy intelligent security and dynamic optimizations. New kinds of dynamic optimization mechanisms are now directly tied into your virtualization and digital platform. Consider this – policies can be created to evaluate the current state of each host in your cloud environment. From there, the environment is intelligent enough to automatically move VMs from one host to another based on resource utilization – regardless of how many hosts are involved. Why stop there? You can also limit and set bandwidth throttles while still securing your entire digital and virtualization ecosystem. While deploying these kinds of optimizations, you’re able to proactively monitor, scan, and control the security variables governing your virtual machines and digital data points. Most of all – you can deploy new security measures in an agentless fashion further reducing impact on VMs. This type of security architecture spans users, their devices, and the environments they are logging into (on premise, cloud, hybrid).
  • Optimize mobility by creating real-time reporting and alerting. Having direct visibility into your own cloud and digital platform is one thing. What about making the entire process more proactive? By being able to view multiple cloud and virtualization environments within your own infrastructure – you have the ability to control a number of business units. Furthermore, you begin to integrate elements of disaster recovery and business continuity into your digital platform. Alerts and reports take you only so far. Good reports and alerting tools must help you create actionable steps to improve your infrastructure – or help remediate an issue. By integrating with monitoring, reporting, cloud, and virtualization analysis tools, administrators are able to create planned failover events, replicate settings, and even test a failover process. Real-time alerting and monitoring helps you make decisions both in the moment, and in the very near future. Most of all – you prevent downtime and allow your mobile users to be truly productive.
  • Learning to manage a mobility and the digital user. Don’t limit your users. A good cloud, mobility, and digital platform will allow users to utilize tools which make them most productive. However, this platform won’t sacrifice security and optimization. The best way to create this “best of both world” scenario is to create an architecture which can scale with the business, their demands, and the overall market. We know that IoT is making an impact, we know that users are deploying non-traditional end-points, and we know that these devices are critical for productivity. Using good tools which give you visibility into the variety of end-points devices being used is important. However, proactively seeing where there are issues and how you can optimize this environment is equally important. This is why it’s so critical to work with vendors and technologies which not only enable greater levels of security, they also create more controls around digital users, their devices, and how they interact with business data.

As your environment grows and expands – your digital platform will be an integral part of your gateway to the cloud. Remember, already cloud and virtualization environments are making up the majority of the traffic generated within the data center. Through these virtual platforms – we’re able to deliver some of the most complex applications to our end-users. 2016 and beyond – always make sure that your digital platform has the best possible security policies wrapped around it. This way you’ll be able to stay proactive, efficient, and deliver a powerful user experience.

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About The Author

Bill Kleyman

CTO at MTM Technologies

Bill is an enthusiastic technologist with experience in datacenter design, management, and deployment. His architecture work includes large virtualization and cloud deployments as well as business network design and implementation. Bill enjoys writing, blogging, and educating colleagues around everything that is technology. During the day, Bill is the CTO at MTM Technologies, where he interacts with enterprise organizations and helps align IT strategies with direct business goals. Bill’s whitepapers, articles, video blogs and podcasts have been published and referenced on InformationWeek, NetworkComputing, TechTarget, DarkReading, Data Center Knowledge, CBS Interactive, Slashdot, and many others. Most recently, Bill was ranked #16 in the Onalytica study which reviewed the top 100 most influential individuals in the cloud landscape, globally.

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