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industry news EMEA SECURITY CONCERNS TAKE PRIORITY IN ADOPTION OF APP SERVICES F5 Networks has announced the EMEA results of its 2017 State of Application Delivery report. The report is now in its third year, surveying over 2,000 IT, networking, application and security professionals worldwide to examine the role application services play in allowing enterprises to deploy Apps faster, smarter and more securely. EMEA is set for a dynamic year in this respect, as the average organisation plans to deploy 18 App services in the next 12 months, compared to the 2016 global average of just 11. As the threat landscape continues to evolve in complexity, speed and availability were for the first time deemed less important than overall application protection, with the most important services cited including network firewalls, anti-virus and SSL VPN solutions. The highest area of investment for 2017 in EMEA was the use of on-premise private clouds (46 per cent). Almost half of respondents (48 per cent) stated the private cloud would have the most strategic importance to their organisation in the next two to five years, and that three quarters (76 per cent) of their Apps would be in the cloud by 2017. The most important security feature was that the cloud should provide the same level of security and auditability as other similar on premises services (61 per cent). This hints that organisations are concerned about the disruption moving to the cloud can have on operations. Nevertheless, respondents indicated that a shift towards a more agile, multi-cloud world is gaining momentum. Globally, four out of five respondents indicated they are adopting hybrid cloud models. The main challenge here is maintaining consistent security policies across multiple environments (25 per cent of respondents). ‘Businesses are putting their money where their strategy is when it comes to cloud,’ said Ryan Kearny, CTO, F5 Networks. ‘There are still challenges to overcome but the global shift to embrace hybrid scenario clearly shows a growing recognition that agility and speed can be achieved without compromising security, provided there are consistent policies and solutions in place.’ On a global scale, the more Apps a company has deployed, the greater motivation to reap the operational benefits of the cloud, with respondents running the largest number of applications (3,000+) reporting the highest percentage of Apps in the cloud. Enterprise IT will evolve from services delivery to value creation, says HyperGrid HyperGrid has said that enterprise IT will evolve from services delivery to value creation following the news that Simplivity has been acquired by HPE for $650m (£521m). According to HPE’s press release, the purchase of Simplivity ‘advances HPE’s strategy in the fast growing, high margin HCI market.’ While spending on HCI is growing fast, HCI will increasingly be viewed as a use case (specifically for VMs as a service) rather than a market. To evolve quickly from services delivery to value creation, businesses need to simultaneously deliver a broad set of services for legacy applications, enable application modernisation where possible, and provide modern application management for developers without disruption or overhead and do all this in a way that’s agile, flexible and on-demand with security, control and governance, this is according to Manoj Nair, chief product officer at HyperGrid. He explained, ‘This shift will be driven by customers demanding integration of additional, higher layers of the stack, and innovative vendors responding to that demand with offers that support HCI as a use case, but deliver public cloud services in their data centres that include infrastructure, platform, and application management services. It is important for vendors to help CIOs and IT practitioners leapfrog from simply delivering services to creating business value by enabling business innovation while maintaining security, control and governance over delivery of IT services.’ Alongside the growth of spending on HCI, there was also significant growth in public cloud adoption as the IT industry spent more than $22B (£18B) in 2016 as customers embraced the public cloud’s agility and consumption economics. Nair continued, ‘Like HCI, we see public cloud as a partial solution to customer challenges; there are significant problems due to shadow IT owing to lack of control and governance, risk of cloud lock-in and poor support beyond VM-based computing. Enterprises are looking for an integrated and expanded IT solution that goes beyond HCI and public cloud options. This broader dynamic in IT is driving this vision of enterprise cloud services, which deliver a public cloud-like services in the customer data centre.’ 8