webmasterJune 9, 2016June 9, 2016There’s no doubt about it; social media, mobile applications and cloud computing are the hot topics this year and for the foreseeable future. Everyone is embracing them from small start-up companies to the largest enterprise. A recent news analysis by CIO polled four senior level executives about their thoughts on the cloud and where it is going. Below is a summary of their views, the key takeaways from their insights and how Hartford Technology Rental can help you when moving toward cloud technology. Cloud Computing Trends Cheap, Risk Adverse and Scalable “The cloud is especially attractive given cheap storage options that cloud players provide,” stated Dustin Smith of Tableau Software. Smith believes everything will reside and be controlled from the cloud, including the Internet of Things (IoT) and application metrics. “Cloud technology strategies cut cost and risk,” stated Smith as compared to paper systems and computer storage solutions. “Cloud analytics solutions allow for digging into both usage and billing data that will give IT leaders the power to…prevent budget overruns,” said Smith and best of all, the analytics can be controlled via mobile devices on a real-time basis. Amit Pandey of Avi Networks agrees that flexibility and scalability are a very attractive component of the cloud. The cloud is getting easier to use, so anyone should be able to quickly and easily upload, access and download anything from it, as long as they are permitted to do so. Cloud Access Security Brokers (CASB) Abound Cloud Access Security Brokers are security policy enforcement points, placed between cloud service consumers and cloud service providers to combine and interject how cloud-based resources are accessed. This includes single sign-on, authorization, credential mapping, device profiling, encryption, and malware detection/prevention. According to Sanjay Beri of Netskope, this will be a huge growth market this year and next. Selling APIs Rohit Gupta, Founder of Palerra predicts that cloud vendors will begin to sell APIs as part of their cloud computing rental service in the future. Data Breaches Are Still Possible While cloud computing seems secure on the surface, businesses still need to be vigilant about their security policies and adapt them to the cloud, as cyber-attacks can happen within any point of your IT system, as observed by Pandey. Key Takeaways for Companies A cloud computing rental solution is a good alternative to paper and legacy systems. If your company is swimming in paper, now is a good time to scan and shred your documents and send them to the cloud. The cloud is scalable – which allows IT professionals to expand and contract storage options based on need. For example, perhaps your company is having a large event and the need is greater for the 90-day window surrounding it. However, once the event is over and the attendees have emailed or stored the information on their own company cloud solution, your need can be reduced. The cloud is becoming easy-to-use. The business of keeping your business secure is thriving and has a name: CASB. Since APIs are in high demand, cloud rental organizations will most likely be getting into this business. Hartford Technology Rental Has Cloud Storage Options Our cloud rental solution will give users access only to the resources they need for particular uses. This allows your organization to be scalable, using only the resources you need. Give us a call at 888-520-5667 or contact us online to see how we can help your organization take advantage of all the cloud has to offer!