We can say that the time for “moving to the cloud” has now passed with 88% of UK businesses using public cloud services in 2018, but yet security still remains as a major worry. With such a large usage of cloud, should the real question now be “How can I use the cloud securely?”. Public cloud connectivity can support your organisation to secure those resources in AWS and Azure environments. CLOUD ADOPTION RATE SINCE 2014 HAS INCREASED BY 17.9% ORGANISATIONS USE UP TO 5 DIFFERENT CLOUD PLATFORMS ENTERPRISES EXPERIENCE 23.2 CLOUD-RELATED THREATS A MONTH Public cloud growth rates are expanding exponentially, and more organisations are putting sensitive data into these environments. And yet data breaches are increasing year on year – would now be a good time to secure your connectivity to public cloud resources to improve your defences? What is Redcentric’s public cloud connectivity? Public cloud connectivity gives users the option to connect to Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure via Redcentric’s private IP-VPN rather than having to rely on the public internet for access. It specifically addresses concerns arising from the default internet access connectivity to those platforms. While organisations are attracted to public cloud by the benefits of flexibility and lower costs, worries around the latency, security and reliability issues associated with internet access remain. How does public cloud connectivity work? Public cloud connectivity enables organisations to access infrastructure services they have procured from AWS and Azure from sites on their Redcentric WAN via a dedicated link instead of via the internet. Private, direct connectivity provides consistent access, reducing latency, improving stability and enhancing the security of hybrid estates when compared to accessing resources via the internet. Why would you need public cloud connectivity? As organisations look to develop hybrid environments and add public and private cloud environments to complement their own private facilities, private connections are seen as key to delivering the secure, reliable, high performance connectivity required. So, in answer to “How can I use the cloud securely?” you can support your organisation when using public cloud resources by making your access as secure as any private cloud, making them less vulnerable to network breach and data loss.