July 22, 2011

Cisco Cloud Security Accelerates Cloud Adoption

Cloud computing is gaining customer attention at a fascinating pace. An Infonetics research report published in early 2011 noted a significant increase in customers' interest in cloud computing between 2009 and 2010-most of respondents indicated interest in 2010, up from only 10% in 2009. Many studies have concluded that software as a service (SaaS) and infrastructure as a service (IaaS) are leading the way in adopting cloud computing. Meanwhile according to an April 2011 Forrester report, the third largest cloud category, platform as a service (PaaS) is predicted to surpass IaaS to become the second largest cloud category by 2014.
According to Forrester, security is one of the top barriers to cloud computing. While cloud computing increases business agility, scalability, and efficiency, it also introduces new security risks and concerns. The challenges are complex because they involve not only technology issues but also substantial process changes due to the new business computing models.
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Cloud security is a major issue.

And don't be fooled by the fact that this focuses on Cisco. The first half of the paper is generic and does a great job of addressing various points that must be addressed. And even though the second half of the paper addresses Cisco's solutions, it provides a great benchmark regardless of your exact choice of provider.

Very highly recommended.

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