Private clouds bring automation benefits

While security is a much-touted advantage of using a private cloud, there are other ways this choice makes the most sense for efficiency and productivity. In a recent article for Information Week, Andrew Froehlich cited the way private clouds allow for automation to help businesses save time and manage data-flow monitoring.

Of course, automation and security can indeed go hand-in-hand in the cloud. Chris Bridger of THREATstop spoke to CIO about the instant improvements that security automation can bring. When they don't have to worry about the timing as much, enterprises may find themselves with a more updated security profile, Bridger argues. This is because the tasks needed to keep security strong are fundamentally simple.

"Ensuring security controls are in place that govern network access and apply appropriate protection filters to block threats in near real-time becomes a challenge for any organization's security policy," he said. "As the threat landscape is constantly changing, an automated approach which removes the time costs, as well as the potential for human error, has become an essential component."

"Users are running applications in more private clouds."

RightScale's 2016 State of the Cloud survey showed notable changes in the rate of cloud adoption. According to responses from 1,060 IT employees, cloud users are running applications in slightly more private clouds than public.

What's more, the number of enterprises using at least 1,000 machines in a private cloud increased by 9 percent within a year. The percentage of those who cited private cloud complexity as a challenge also dropped slightly in 2016 compared to the previous year: It now ranks lower than other cloud challenges, including a lack of resources or expertise.

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