What are the Security and Management Implications of Public/Private Cloud?

Cloud computing, defined as leveraging computing resources at other locations potentially hosted by other parties, is not a new concept, but in today’s push for scalable data management, cloud computing is a universal paradigm for deploying novel applications that might not be economically feasible in a traditional enterprise infrastructure settings. This has seen a proliferation in the number of applications that leverage various cloud platforms, resulting in an increase in the scale of data generated and therefore data managed.

Many early cloud implementations are hybrid combinations of services that run on-premise with services deployed in the cloud. Given enterprise interest in multi-cloud environments, including a public-private cloud mix, one objective of cloud control is to bring consistency to security and management when moving between private clouds and public clouds. It is important for the CIO to balance control of their technology resources with providing the infrastructure (IaaS) as an end-to-end service.

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