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What role does data centre governance play in the explosion in cloud use?

Posted by on April 4, 2018

The use of cloud services has increased tremendously in the past few years and is set to continue at a rapid pace in the years to come.

Cisco’s 7th annual Global Cloud Index (2016-2021) claims that cloud traffic will reach 95% of all data centre traffic by 2021, up 7% from 2016. According to the report[1], consumer and business applications are contributing to the growing dominance of cloud services over the internet. However, with this rapid expansion comes an increased threat vector.

Enterprises could be understandably nervous about widespread cloud adoption, given that cyber-attacks pose an ongoing threat to business – a DDoS attack can cost an enterprise over £14m[2] – and as high-profile hacks are never far from the news. This is where data centre governance plays a crucial role. Advancements here, and in data control, have helped minimise risk and better protect consumer information.

With the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) set to overhaul the way companies manage customer data from May, this will also influence how data centres’ facilities are managed – especially as demand grows. Cisco’s research shows that overall data centre workloads and computer instances will more than double (2.3-fold) from 2016 to 2021; however, for cloud those instances will nearly triple (2.7-fold) over the same period.

Data centres must therefore place increasing emphasis on maintaining good security practices – ensuring they meet or even exceed the necessary service level agreements. These will ensure that the data centre’s key infrastructure elements and metrics, including uptime, availability and power, are of a high standard, mitigating the chances of power outages and downtime.
Though security concerns have been a major barrier to cloud adoption in the past, data centre governance is continually helping minimise enterprise risk and better protecting consumer information – paving the way for the bright cloud future to come.