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Are compliance issues holding back multi-cloud environments?

Multi-cloud environments provide substantial business continuity and disaster recovery benefits but  recent research suggests that compliance issues may be holding some companies back from establishing them. Mark Hickman looks at the issue…

Almost every enterprise is using the cloud in some way, whether for infrastructure services, or to provide software-as-a-service applications to users.  For some time, confidence has been growing in the cloud’s role in IT infrastructure, to the point that we are hearing increasing talk of serverless computing – where a company places its entire infrastructure in the cloud, which dynamically expands and contracts resources to meet business needs.

In the future, serverless computing may become a reality.  But for now, IT staff continue to battle with the challenges of managing the hybrid environments they already have, rather than feeling able to push everything to the cloud.  These complex hybrid environments often include multiple operating systems and cloud service providers, as well as increasingly common use of virtualized servers and hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI).

WinMagic recently conducted research to try and establish whether companies are getting the benefits they want from cloud technology and what, if anything, is holding them back from greater use, maybe even slowly moving towards this new serverless computing world.  There were some really interesting findings.  The role good security and compliance policies play in realising the business benefits were clear; 87 percent of IT decision makers (ITDMs) surveyed said they limit their use of the cloud because of the complexity of managing regulatory compliance. 

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https://www.continuitycentral.com/index.php/news/technology/3617-are-compliance-issues-holding-back-multi-cloud-environments