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For Cloud Workloads: The Right to Ban Uncertainty and Revolt against Taxation

05.02.2014
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[This article originally written by Kim Singletary.]

Cloud workloads are similar to their traditional datacenter counterparts in that they are created to serve. Best practices dictate that you should protect your systems in the cloud as you would protect conventional infrastructure. The intentions are good, but the speed in which instances can be created supporting businesses that need elasticity and essential performance can cause problems when traditional security solutions are used.

Many organizations have not yet experienced this burden as they go down their path toward cloud citizenship. In RightScale’s 2014 State of the Cloud Report the majority of respondents are classified as Cloud Beginners or Cloud Explorers.  However 94% of organizations surveyed are running applications or experimenting with infrastructure-as-a-service.

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It will be the top 22% Cloud Focused organizations who will support the ban of uncertainty and revolt against the taxation because they will experience the discomfort firsthand.

Traditional solutions burden cloud environments taxing operations as well as the individual workloads. It is a catch-22 situation. In order to get the security visibility necessary to ensure that the workloads are protected without uncertainty – multiple agents from various point solutions have to be installed and operationalized. This is an unfair tax for cloud users who are expecting highly efficient services and solutions.

Security automation purpose-built for the cloud can provide the stimulus to alter this workload inefficiency and provide the protections to manage uncertainty. Some of our customers that sense uncertainty about the security or configuration of an instance, because they have detected something with Halo™, immediately discard that instance and create anew. But not all businesses are architected to take advantage of this method of dealing with uncertainty.

Others have adopted security with Halo™ giving them multiple controls to address security best practices all instrumented with a single agent and a SaaS service. They get layered security but without heavy resource utilization of the workload itself. The automation platform outside of the customer’s cloud environment takes on that task. Those just beginning their journey in the cloud may not realize this as a benefit yet – but when workloads move from hundreds to thousands there will be a revolt. CloudPassage wants you to enjoy the freedom of the cloud to focus on what’s important to your business without the undo taxation of the extra work involved to obtain less security with traditional security solutions.

Published at DZone with permission of Tatiana Crawford, author and DZone MVB. (source)

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