Cloud computing has meant managing servers or virtual machines or software as a service in a data center somewhere. IT executives have come to understand that provisioning on-demand IT software and infrastructure services via the internet provides huge benefits in efficiencies, cost savings and scalability. The rise of mobile devices more powerful than pcs from a few generations ago, combined with consumerization and the rise of a decentralized workforce has created what we now know as the Ambient Cloud.
Ambient Cloud is the set of network connected devices an IT department must manage.
Compared to managing a cloud in a data center, managing an Ambient Cloud is not so simple. IT managers want to know the risks involved across all devices and all workloads and where the security responsibility lies.
But Why the Ambient Cloud?
IT departments still struggle with the question of who owns security in centralized cloud models. The Ambient Cloud will assist in maintaining control over company data while allowing employees to BYOD. Embracing consumerization will help HR departments at companies recruit younger people and will give IT departments personal and mobile devices to manage.
If IT departments are responsible for managing the Ambient Cloud, who is responsible for keeping that secure?
Is it the cloud providers duty to keep it secure for the enterprise?