Cloud technology is centered on the notion of accessibility. It allows for files to be shared, stored and accessed at any time from anywhere in the world. Steps have been taken to ensure that the public, private and hybrid cloud variants are as secure as possible, but as Murphy’s Law states, “Anything that can go wrong, will.”
Israeli service provider FortyCloud has taken all of this into consideration, and has developed a service that seeks to make the public cloud private. By combining the functionality of the cloud with the security measures of a virtual private network (VPN), cloud-reliant businesses can now ensure that what they store in the cloud doesn’t fall into the wrong hands.
“If you ask IT directors what their main concern is over adopting a public cloud strategy, security is by far the number one concern,” says Amit Cohen, CEO and co-founder of FortyCloud.
“This is because cloud infrastructure has an inherent security problem. Your organization’s servers and data are located in a remote public cloud data centre,” Cohen continues. “The people in the data centre have the same remote access to your information as you do.”
While there certainly are advantages to adopting either of the three types of cloud models, Cohen indicates that the public cloud poses the largest amount of risk, security-wise. The private cloud gives enterprises more control over who can access the information. This is crucial for businesses that regularly deal with sensitive data.
“If you are a bank or a healthcare institute, you must guarantee the privacy of the data,” Cohen says. “It would be a criminal offense if you failed to do so.”
FortyCloud’s solution revolves around the transformation of public cloud deployments. They are enhanced with a degree of security akin to those of a private cloud environment, while continuing to run on a public cloud infrastructure. This in turn provides users with cost savings and added flexibility.
“What we are doing is taking public cloud deployments and securing them to a level that is very similar to the private cloud. You’re still running on a public cloud and benefiting from the economics and flexibility of the public cloud,” explains Cohen.
“We do this by building a virtual private network that sits on top of the infrastructure you’re already using. It interconnects all of your cloud resources and secures all of your deployments into a single VPN in the cloud,” Cohen adds. “This network is more secure because most of its traffic is hidden. Even the cloud providers cannot see the traffic flowing in and out of this network.”
As cloud migration continues around the world, an increasing amount of enterprises are weighing their options for cloud computing. While adopting the public model does involve added risk, the addition of private cloud characteristics will ensure that any material placed there will be free from harm.
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