Autotask Week in IT: How to Make Hybrid Cloud and IoT Security Work

September 15, 2016  

Here’s a look at what’s happening this week in the world of ITSPs, MSPs and Enterprise IT departments.

Channelinsider: The Growing Importance of Cloud Service Providers
By Michael Vizard

With more application workloads moving into the cloud, vendors are starting to put greater emphasis on forging partnerships with cloud service providers. Rather than reselling IT infrastructure based on what a customer may request, most CSPs represent a hybrid between traditional channel partners and end-user customers. On one hand, CSPs want to be rewarded for the amount of IT infrastructure they can get their customers to consume. At the same time, however, the cost of supporting that IT infrastructure heavily influences with which vendor a CSP ultimately decides to become partners.

CIO Dive: IoT security is lacking and vulnerabilities are easily avoidable, industry group says
By Justine Brown

The use of IoT devices is on the rise, and one way or another they will find their way into the enterprise. Already there are concerns about how many devices can automatically sync to networks, possibly creating a cybersecurity flaw in a network. Managing and securing the enterprise network will be more difficult if IT doesn’t have an accurate inventory, according to a recent Gartner report. The research firm recommended that IT organizations identify all devices and projects connected to the enterprise network and then update their network access policy.

Channelnomics: Cloud way ahead of IT infrastructure
By Jessica Meek

IT infrastructure has failed to keep up with the cloud, delegates at Riverbed Disrupt in New York City heard yesterday. Subbu Iyer, SVP and CMO at Riverbed Technology, told delegates at the event that keeping up with the cloud and digital intiaitives has proven to be a key challenge for the industry. "The challenge is IT infrastructre for the most part hasn't kept up [with cloud]," Iyer pointed out. "It's all great to talk about these new systems of engagement to really engage with customers and attract customers in digital ways, [but] IT infrastructure really hasn't kept up.”

CIO: How to make hybrid cloud work
By Mary Branscombe

Last year, hybrid cloud was a priority for many enterprises, although with a certain amount of confusion about what it involved. This year, those ambitious plans are showing up as an approach to hybrid cloud that relies on platform as a service (PaaS) to take full advantage of cloud models. The enterprise view of hybrid cloud is becoming clearer and more sophisticated than simply using cloud alongside existing on-premises IT, says Adam Warby CEO of managed services provider Avanade (a Microsoft/Accenture joint venture).

CIO Insight : How to Close the Gap Between Tech Goals and Reality
By Samuel Greengard

A remarkable irony of business and IT is that just about everyone knows what's important, but few leaders can fully execute on a plan. Even with magazine articles, consultant input, conferences, online communities and plain old common sense, the gap between goals and reality is often wider than the Grand Canyon. A newly released report from snaps the issue into focus. The company surveyed more than 2,200 consumers and found that dissatisfaction levels are off the charts.

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