Survey identifies 2 concerns holding up cloud adoption

  • Cloud is at the center of a transformation led by IT managers.

  • Security and performance challenges can stall their progress.

  • AT&T NetBond (SM) allows IT to link VPNs and the cloud for heightened performance.

Companies that transform and innovate quickly and cost-effectively will stay ahead of the competition, especially by using the network-enabled cloud.

As the IT environment moves from an “always on” model (dedicated hardware and software, etc.) to a cloud virtualization model of “pay for what you need when you need it,” there is no provisioning, no equipment purchase, and zero touch.

At the same time, employees are expecting a new level of on-demand experience. Mobile technology changed how employees connect to family and friends, and employees want that to translate to their work lives. Individuals are growing accustomed to accessing self-serve music, movies, and applications directly from the cloud, and they want fast access to work information in near-real time.

The cloud-IT transformation

These trends are forcing IT managers to rethink the way they procure and manage IT services.

Cloud is at the center of this transformation, giving IT managers a tremendous opportunity to take the lead in enacting positive change for their companies.

One of the major steps is addressing concerns that may be keeping a company from moving to the cloud. A recent survey estimates current enterprise adoption of cloud is roughly 7 percent, made up mainly of developers and early adopters.

We asked customers why adoption has been lagging, and they identified “security” and “performance” as two main areas of concern:

Security: Customers want to avoid the risk of cyber-attacks and other security risks when accessing cloud-based company data over the Internet. Even as consumers, we are leery of putting our information over the Internet.

Performance: Companies need near-real-time access to cloud applications. They don’t have the luxury of worrying about best effort Internet speeds or performance issues.

To avoid these risks, some companies set up private line connections between their offices and to their various cloud environments. All of this can create more complexity and costs.

Flexibility meets control

Companies want the benefits of the cloud — such as on-demand resources, managed costs, and the elasticity to scale as needed – while having the control, security, and performance of a private network environment.

There’s a way to achieve all of the benefits of the cloud while keeping the control, security, and performance of a private network.

AT&T is leveraging our technology, AT&T NetBond SM, to integrate a customer’s virtual private Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) network with the cloud. This makes the cloud appear as another node on the Virtual Private Network (VPN).

NetBond pre-configures and pre-provisions the physical connection layer that connects the network to the cloud, ready for customers to use without having to buy hardware, circuits, and software. Leveraging a suite of service and network orchestration Application Programming Interfaces (APIs), NetBond creates a virtual network environment between the customer’s VPN and cloud, enabling real-time, turn-up, and dynamic scaling.

Network-enabling the cloud gives IT managers the opportunity to lead their company into a new era. They become change agents, helping a company move faster and transform with confidence.

How is your business addressing security and performance challenges related to the cloud? Do you see cloud adoption on the rise?


Amy Machi Director of Offer Development AT&T About Amy