Hybrid cloud security concerns, half of India organisations: report

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Mumbai: Hybrid cloud security remains a major concern for half of India organisations, according to Barracuda Networks commissioned report.

The report titled Secure SD-WAN: The Launch Pad into the Cloud, surveyed global IT decision-makers to capture their attitudes and opinions about Software-Defined Wide-Area Network (SD-WAN) adoption, along with data about acquisition preferences, variations by industry, and a variety of related issues.

A fully-integrated, secure SD-WAN is the preferred technology solution for 90% of India respondents, as per the report have either already deployed SD-WAN to secure their public cloud or expect to do so within the next 12 months.

Independent market researcher Vanson Bourne conducted reported surveyed 750 executives, individual contributors, and team managers with responsibility for or knowledge of their organisation’s cloud infrastructure. They came from organisations of all sizes and across a broad range of sectors, in EMEA, APAC and the US.

Nearly 62% of India organisation have experienced a surge in their network flexibility, 51% gained gained improved overall connectivity and 57% increased their network security after deploying SD-WAN, the report pointed.

Nearly 50% of India organisations are concerned about hybrid cloud security, 41% are concerned about securing the data in transit and 38% feel that it would be difficult in integrating cloud with legacy technology, the report indicated.

“As more organisations are shifting to public cloud, they are looking at achieving a smoother and securely-integrated network for cloud deployments. They fear to be subject to any cyber attacks and losing on sensitive and mission-critical data,” said Murali Urs, Country Manager, India – Barracuda Networks.

“SD-WAN technology is a critical part of securing these cloud deployments. By deploying an all-in-one, secure SD-WAN solution natively built into the public cloud network, organizations can reap the full benefits of public cloud,” added Urs.

Organizations around the world, including India are consistent in their desire to acquire an SD-WAN solution from a cloud provider with 58% giving it a nod.

In comparison, 18% prefer to get SD-WAN from an independent vendor, while 10% would opt for a telecommunications partner, and 14% would choose a value-added reseller.

In India, simplicity and knowledge are the overall driving factors when it comes to acquisition.

Organisations prefer Microsoft Azure the most for their public-cloud platform than Amazon AWS Web Services (AWS) and Google GCP Cloud Platform (GCP).

Azure also gets the top scores when it comes to security and being user friendly as security is the biggest blocker for moving to the public cloud.

Overall, the study indicates that while adoption rates for public cloud continue to grow, improved flexibility and security of the network remain key roadblocks considering the volume and variety of threats organisations face today.

SD-WAN solutions are being used to address connectivity and security concerns of their public cloud. IT professionals realize that a cloud provider’s native security solutions may not provide sufficient capabilities and they are looking for third-party providers to help overcome adoption barriers.

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