How does your solution take the anxiety out of moving to the cloud?
Our approach to cloud, as with other services we offer, is very solution oriented. While it’s not possible to completely remove anxiety from cloud deployments, it is possible to engineer a solution that follows a risk-based approach. This, plus transparency, helps build confidence in the solution. This contrasts with many IaaS solutions where the relationship is somewhat at arm’s length and mediated by the credit card used to purchase services.
The first step in relieving anxiety in regard to the cloud is to fully understand the security issues unique to the cloud environment and to create a comprehensive and detailed plan to address those issues. Cisco and its partners have long-time experience in security and work closely with customers to identify security issues unique to the customer’s business and implement the SecureX architecture. Furthermore, Cisco has significant investment in security and security-related R&D and an extremely broad customer base from which to gather ongoing security issues. Customers who engage Cisco gain from our wisdom and experience in the security market and have a clear understanding of the security risks involved in a move to the cloud, as well as how to mitigate them.
NetScaler Cloud Bridge connects data centers to the cloud so that cloud bursting and other cloud services can be securely configured and managed. NetScaler Cloud Gateway ensures that users have the most simplified and secured connectivity, while giving IT control over access to SaaS applications that they otherwise may not have known were in use. Visibility and control reduce anxiety in moving to the cloud.
Anxiety is reduced with an Expedient* platform that offers the ability to independently audit and review data and control processes. In many cloud topologies, the underlying platform, security technologies, and even data locations may be obscured, making that platform a “black box” of sorts. The Expedient solution, however, is transparent and can be regularly reviewed and tested. This, along with the inherent security controls throughout the platform, allows customers to have a high degree of confidence that their data will be protected with similar if not better controls than currently exist in their organization. Expedient also can implement a proof of concept of a specific client environment so that the effectiveness of the solution can be tested, and performance can be verified. During the design of a client’s environment and throughout their use of Expedient’s services, they have direct access to the engineering staff to provide guidance and live support.
With HyTrust Appliance, organizations can build truly private clouds on VMware-based virtual infrastructure. Through a unique method of labeling virtual objects and placing controls over changes in the environment, HyTrust Appliance enables multiple entities to have complete control over their own slice of the infrastructure without compromising the integrity of their neighbor’s environment.
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