Employees, partners and customers of enterprises are all using the public cloud. At this point, it isn't a question of whether or not somebody might be using the cloud – they are. In some capacity, every person's email, files or other data are being hosted on a cloud server. Those that aren't using the cloud in any way probably aren't using computers, either. The question is – at what point does the public cloud represent a threat to the enterprise system's security. Or, is it possible that companies could grow to use the public cloud as well?

The fast food factor
The major reason that no organization will successfully get rid of its public cloud usage by employees comes down to fast food restaurants. No one in the world at this point believes that they are getting a healthy meal out of a McDouble or a Whopper. However, we continue to eat these foods, sometimes in great excess. Why is this? It's because, more even than nostalgia or a desire for a big fatty lunch, they are convenient. Public cloud systems – especially consumer-facing ones – are easy to use and ubiquitous. There's no reason not to use one of these services. Companies should learn how to integrate these features to their current enterprise cloud configurations.

We will never get rid of convenient, easy to use technologies. The problem with cloud configurations is that organizations barely know how to use them. Without the easy "cockpit" access that Faction provides, it can be difficult for many enterprises to understand how to make their cloud work for them. If even the technical engineers have to work overtime to understand a new cloud deployment, it must be even harder for their non-technical employees to make sense of it.

Integrating the cloud
Consider using a few public cloud services with a private cloud in a hybrid cloud format. This will allow these cloud based services to communicate. You can let engineers and those who are more technically versed deal with the upkeep of the more arcane elements of the private cloud, while letting the rest of your company enjoy the benefits of a hybrid cloud. This strategy will allow your organization's deployment to fulfill a variety of objectives without becoming unwieldy. A cloud cannot be truly flexible if it does not meet the needs of its workers.