Managing Security in Transitioning to the Private Cloud

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The modern IT environment is evolving to include better hardware, more virtualization technologies and now, cloud computing. One of the biggest barriers in moving towards a private cloud model are security and compliance concerns. Organizations are working to protect their cloud platforms as more data centers become distributed. There’s little argument that there are numerous benefits to a private cloud – but some challenges still exist. This white paper from Cisco takes a look at the private cloud computing model and how security plays a role. When looking at cloud characteristics, some of the topics covered include:

  • On-demand self-service
  • Resources pooling
  • Rapid elasticity
  • Measured services
  • Broad network access

Furthermore, it’s important to understand the various cloud deployment models which are offered to the customer. Specifically, this white paper helps explain the following cloud models and how they can fit into an environment:

  • Community Clouds
  • Public Clouds
  • Private Clouds
  • Hybrid Clouds

Aside from providing a Unified Data Center platform for a private cloud infrastructure, Cisco aims to secure that environment using their technologies. Cisco Data Center Security Mitigates Risk when Transitioning to the Private Cloud explains the clear benefits of moving towards a private cloud model and how to utilize security best practices. In discussing how to better secure private cloud architectures, this white paper covers the following topics:

  • The Cisco ASA Adaptive Security Appliance
  • Cisco ASA Software Release 9.0
  • The Cisco IPS Blade
  • Cisco TrustSec Security Group Access
  • Using the Cisco Nexus Switching platform
  • Cisco’s ASA 1000V Cloud Firewall

With cloud computing, there is a clear need to develop a good underlying security infrastructure. This is where Cisco’s unified and security technologies can truly alleviate some private cloud security concerns. Download Cisco Data Center Security Mitigates Risk when Transitioning to the Private Cloud to see how Cisco can help your organization design a more secure private cloud platform.

About the Author

Kevin Normandeau, is a veteran of the technology publishing industry having worked at a variety of technology sites including PC World; AOL Computing; Network World; Geek.com and International Data Group (IDG). Kevin lives in Massachusetts with his wife and two sons. When he is not in front of the computer (which is most of the time) he likes to get out to ski, hike and mountain bike.

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