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Gartner’s Trends for 2014 – The Hybrid Cloud & the Role of IT

In order to fully meet the demands of this new role many enterprise IT departments are deploying a cloud encryption gateway

A few weeks ago, Gartner shared its list of top 10 technology trends for 2014, including among its expectations one entitled: "Hybrid cloud and IT as Service Broker." This prediction speaks to what Gartner views as the necessity of the hybrid cloud - a mix of private cloud combined with external public cloud services - along with the role of IT evolving to include that of Cloud Service Broker.

The notion of IT serving as Cloud Service Broker means IT going beyond its traditional services to making strategic decisions on cloud adoption, particularly as cloud-bursting (outgrowing private cloud) becomes necessary for more enterprises. IT departments will be leading the customization and integration of their enterprise's cloud expansion, regardless of where a cloud application resides.

Adopting a hybrid cloud strategy along with this new role means IT departments will need a comprehensive view of an enterprise's cloud assets and be able to efficiently manage access and security while also having readily available data analytics - all while providing seamless operational experience for internal users.

Equipping IT as Cloud Service Broker
This prediction is particularly relevant to the end-state that PerspecSys enables an enterprise to obtain. PerspecSys gives IT the ability to have a single platform to control cloud use, enabling enterprises to operate safely and in a compliant manner in the public cloud.

Any analytics needed are also readily available across an enterprise's clouds, helping to inform cloud data control/protection policies - and includes who is using what cloud, when and in what capacity.

PerspecSys' solutions empower IT in their role as service broker, enabling them to set policies on what data gets tokenized or encrypted before it leaves their environment for processing and storage in the cloud.

It is critical that IT fills this service broker role in a way that is least obtrusive as possible, which is why these platforms need to be able to provide the services described without adversely impact the usability of the cloud (i.e., allowing end users to use functions like SEARCH on tokenized data).

In order to fully meet the demands of this new role many enterprise IT departments are deploying a cloud encryption gateway, a solution that enables full cloud adoption while keeping sensitive data on premise and tokenizing or encrypting that data so it is protected on transit and on the cloud.

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PerspecSys Inc. is a leading provider of cloud protection and cloud encryption solutions that enable mission-critical cloud applications to be adopted throughout the enterprise. Cloud security companies like PerspecSys remove the technical, legal and financial risks of placing sensitive company data in the cloud. PerspecSys accomplishes this for many large, heavily regulated companies across the world by never allowing sensitive data to leave a customer's network, while maintaining the functionality of cloud applications. For more information please visit http://www.perspecsys.com/ or follow on Twitter @perspecsys.

More Stories By David Canellos

David Canellos is a security veteran who is now President and CEO of PerspecSys. An entrepreneur specializing in bringing innovative security and privacy solutions to market, he has been instrumental in establishing PerspecSys as the leader in the Cloud data Protection Gateway market.

Before joining PerspecSys, David held executive positions at Irdeto Worldwide, which acquired the company he led, Cloakware, which was a pioneer in encryption and digital rights management. Before joining Cloakware, he was the General Manager and Vice President of Sales for Cramer Systems (now Amdocs), a UK-based company, where he was responsible for the company’s revenue and operations in the Americas. Prior to his work with Cramer, David held a variety of executive, sales management and business development positions with the Oracle Corporation, Versatility and SAIC.

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