When designing your cloud architecture you may notice several differences
between the cloud-computing environment and the “old world” of physical
infrastructure. Two of the main differences are elasticity and dynamism,
which are part of the cloud’s DNA.
The fact that security-related components can be easily tested, evaluated and
deployed allow many companies – both existing and newly established
start-ups – to launch their solutions also or solely in the public cloud.
Moreover, I argue that by combining the tools supplied by a cloud provider
with external third party solutions, higher levels of security – not to
mention peace of mind – are achieved.
By thoroughly evaluating your architecture, you can highlight the main areas
of concern that are derived from either a business need or regulatory
requirement, so that you can find the optimal security so... (more)
Public cloud computing is surging forward into healthcare, finance, and
utilities. Popular cloud based implementations run the gamut from big data
analysis to customer service applications, and everything in between. As more
and more sensitive data processing is done in the cloud, encryption of data
has become the obvious best practice. Google Compute Engine has provided data
encryption for some time; and in a recent interview, AWS’s CTO said
they’d like all data, or at least all sensitive business data, to be always
Encrypting data immediately brings up the cha... (more)
Finally! As an SME competing with the big boys, you are often at a
disadvantage: they have more money, more people, and more resources. But now,
finally, you are in a better position than they are. When weighing cloud
migration, your infrastructure is more easily adaptable, flexible, and
migratable: you are positioned to take advantage of the benefits of different
cloud scenarios faster than the big boys are!
The CRN predicts that in 2014, small businesses will spend almost $100
billion on cloud computing services. But, is the cloud right for your SME?
The advantages of cloud ... (more)
Cloud computing security issues are constantly a top concern for IT leaders
migrating to the cloud. There are many issues related to data security in the
cloud and more than one approach to cloud security. Focusing on
Infrastructure as a Service cloud security, there are five issues that
repeatedly concern customers that are resolved by implementing the best
practices discussed at a high level below. Cloud security best practices are
technology related, but also focuses on P3: Process, People, Products.
1. Choose your cloud wisely
Infrastructure clouds come in many variations.... (more)
from InfoQ.com: With the news stories of possible data breaches at
enterprises like Target, and the current trend of companies migrating to
cloud environments for the flexibility, scalability, agility, and
cost-effectiveness they offer, CIOs have been asking hard questions about
As CIO, protecting your data (and your users) is one of your key
responsibilities. Whether you already have some cloud projects running or are
starting your first cloud project, these questions and answers may provide
you with solutions and introduce some new techniques.
InfoQ: Is the cl... (more)