Cloud Computing Security
Concerns about cloud computing security can be a disincentive to cloud adoption, preventing organizations from taking advantage of cloud computing solutions that can help them reduce IT spending and improve business agility.
The cloud environment is not inherently less secure than the traditional on-premises data center, however. Although virtualization and cloud computing technologies and the multi-tenant architecture and sheer scale of many cloud services introduce new vulnerabilities, it is possible to develop and implement comprehensive cloud computing security solutions that may actually make it safer for users to keep critical data in the cloud rather than on local machines.
Cloud Computing Security Measures Implemented by Cloud Service Providers
Established, trusted cloud providers understand where new attack surfaces arise in the cloud design and continuously update and follow best practices for cloud computing security. They are aware of the unique security demands of a highly virtualized, shared computing environment and working diligently to make security an additional benefit of the cloud.
Cloud data storage is one market in particular where cloud computing security has become a key priority for service providers. Companies will only entrust critical data to a cloud storage service if the provider can guarantee the safe handling of that data. Enterprise-grade cloud providers implement cloud storage security holistically, employing the following security mechanisms among others:
- Physical security measures. 24/7 surveillance, restricted access, network and power redundancies, seismic bracings, fire suppression systems, and other methods are utilized to ensure the physical security of data centers.
- Logical security measures. Virtual private networks, secure transport protocols such as SSL, multi-factor authentication systems, firewalls, network intrusion monitoring, and file integrity monitoring are some of the cloud computing security measures used to protect data while in transit and at rest.
Cloud Computing Security Starts with Secure Cloud Infrastructure
The first priority of a service provider or enterprise wanting to deliver trustworthy cloud services is to deploy a highly secure compute, storage, and networking platform. A simple way for organizations to do that is through the use of Vblock™ Systems converged cloud infrastructure solutions from VCE. We build in security at the outset by pre-integrating best-of-breed hardware components and virtualization tools from Cisco, EMC and VMware—technologies that have been built by industry leaders in compliance with best practices for secure design and engineering.
Moreover, our quality assurance teams fully test and validate all software updates for security vulnerabilities—just one of the many ways we support organizations throughout the lifecycle of their Vblock Systems.
Discover how you can deploy a secure yet flexible cloud infrastructure with Vblock Systems from VCE.