How combined business models are changing cloud strategy

Companies across the globe had to quickly adapt to a new kind of work environment as the Covid-19 epidemic forced a sharp shift to remote work. A few months later, organizations and employees around the world are still adapting business models that work remotely and in combination. In addition to individual and organizational adjustments that must be made, IT strategies are also required to make adjustments.

Adjusted to fit the mixed workforce

A recent Gallup poll reported that 59% of U.S. workers want to continue working from home "as much as possible" after the epidemic subsides. And only 41% will return to work in the office as much as in the pre-epidemic era. Some companies such as Google said employees would work remotely until next year and others said they would enact it as a permanent option.

However, not everyone can work from home - there will always be positions that require a presence in the office or some other work location. And of course, not everyone wants to work from home if selected. Research from Barclays shows that less than 10% of Americans actually want to work remotely at all times. The more common desire is the flexibility and the option to come to the office a few days a week.

That means the combined work approach is likely to continue, with some remote workers and others working in more-traditional environments. Therefore, companies must change their security and cloud strategies accordingly.

Cloud strategy for combined work

Cloud application accelerates the epidemic but the immediate arrival of the epidemic means that many companies have to move quickly, sometimes for security to undo other concerns such as agility, productivity, and efficiency.
The last few months have seen an acceleration of cloud deployments. In addition to using private clouds, remote workers are also accessing applications from public clouds and using services distributed from the cloud.

The traditional data-server, central, and speaking model has been replaced by end-user-centered focus – sitting on an endpoint on an edge access resources in multiple private and generic clouds. Hybrid clouds and distributed computing will be the benchmark for the forest to come.

Accelerated cloud application and the need for branch offices and other remote locations to access multiple clouds are exacerbating the limitations of traditional WAN solutions. Lack of central, complex, costly, and cumbersome management are just a few reasons why so many businesses are adopting SD-WAN for networking and edge secure access servers (SASE) for network integration and cloud-based security.

Demand goes beyond traditional central architectures and spoken architectures in which traffic is back in the company's data center that is highlighting the appearance of a network that combines hardware and defined software. It is clear that the success of digital infrastructure requires a security approach and integrated networking. To achieve business results and provide an enhanced end-user experience, network security and management must be integrated from the out there to deliver security, as well as network and application performance.

The transition to cloud-based resources and the increasing number of margins in LAN, WAN, and cloud, gave rise to what Gartner calls SASE, an emerging service that combines comprehensive network security capabilities with comprehensive WAN capabilities. Gartner believes that SASE will be the foundation for the enterprise network in the next few years. SASE combines network security capabilities with a WAN strategy to support your organization's need for dynamic security computing and access. Accelerated multi-cloud application is one of the driving forces for growth in SD-WAN, SD-Branch, and SASE.

The increased complexity is a natural by-product when a high percentage of an organization's workforce suddenly switches to remote work and access to corporate resources across multiple clouds. Security teams should plan to expand visibility and control over LAN, WAN, and cloud edges. This requires an extensive, integrated, and automated security platform – as well as open to supporting multiple providers.

The convergence of security and networking

Our conception of work as something we do instead of just a place where we go and go has been forever changed by the epidemic. The epidemic has accelerated the trend of digital transformation – making some forms of remote work a permanent fix in organizations of all sizes.

IT leaders must be ready for the long-term effects of hybrid workforces and how to continue to keep their customers, networks, and employees safe. Business results and user experience are becoming dependent on Zero Trust standards as well as integrated networking and security. This is becoming the foundation for security-oriented networks – the convergence of multiple areas of expertise that create the agility, security, and capabilities that today's organizations need.