Up, Up and Away
Experiencing rapid growth by the masses, Cloud Computing has become a powerful tool for delivering applications and for helping businesses grow. However, with security concerns affecting further adoption, Cloud providers must secure cloud infrastructure to comply with data regulations and to alleviate end users’ hesitation about releasing confidential personal and corporate materials to a remote site.
The Cloud requires infrastructure solutions that provide the scalability, manageability, transparent integration, and real-time performance to keep the Cloud dynamic, fluid and secure. As such, Cloud providers must focus on becoming a trusted partner for organizations accessing their services otherwise they face consequences to their reputation, business model and customer base.
When it comes to the cloud, the constant hurdle to overcome in increasing the rate of adopting computing service hosted by a specialist is security, security, security - Geoff Tudor, chief cloud strategist at Hewlett-Packard Company
With the aggregation of large volumes of data in the cloud, the cost associated with security breaches is very high. Recent high profile security incidents illustrate the inadequacy of the current generation of security solutions when faced with the unprecedented level of openness, scalability, and manageability requirements of the Cloud Computing infrastructure. New approaches that can address the root of security breaches and mitigate their damages are required.
By securing the Data-In-Motion to and from the Cloud, Wedge Networks gives Cloud Providers a competitive edge. The high data security offered by the visibility, comprehension, and manageability of Wedge Networks’ Deep Content Inspection technology allows these service providers to increase both adoption and customer retention rates in a growing market.
Designed to provide protection against content-borne threats and data leakage, while easily integrating into complex networks - including virtualization based cloud computing infrastructures -, Wedge Networks’ appliances address:
It’s the Providers Fault: Data Leakage and Compliance Fears
Cloud Providers are responsible for the security and integrity of their own data, and that of their customers. While file sharing between the host and a guest is integral to cloud offerings, this is vulnerable to data leakage and malicious code intrusion. Wedge’s virtual or physical appliances allow the Cloud to provide hosted virtualization products that offer the benefits of the cloud with the appropriate compliance and legal requirements that customers need.
Don’t Let Performance Affect Customer Satisfaction
Cloud Providers need their services to be available to their end users; always, anywhere, anytime. Stringent guarantees of minimal downtime must be managed by a solution that is able to handle high bandwidths with low latency scanning in order to maintain customer retention and satisfaction. Wedge Networks delivers real-time content comprehension with effective latency management to ensure customer satisfaction is never impacted. The scalable, high-performance WedgeOS is capable of inspecting large numbers of application sessions carried over a variety of protocols so you can stay focused on providing services to your end-users.
Challenges of Virtual Networks: High Availability and Load Balancing Configuration
Communications between virtual machines are popular attack vectors if these transmissions are not monitored or controlled. Cloud Providers need solutions that seamlessly apply content policies across and within these physical and virtual environments. Wedge Networks’ appliances support various High Availability (HA) and Load Balancing (LB) options to transparently integrate into existing networks, enabling them to stop malware from infecting infrastructures and to stop confidential data from leaking out. Providing real-time Deep Content Inspection for the cloud, WedgeOS prevents and blocks traditional and inter-VM threats without impacting complex virtual configuration for all objects such as email, webmail attachments, applications and software downloads for multiple devices - including mobile phones, tablets, pdas and pcs - protecting you, your customers and your business.
Operational Control: Managing the Network
Maintaining a Cloud Provider network is costly. Time, energy and resources are constantly spent on network configuration, managing system functions and dealing with inbound and outbound security threats. By utilizing an easy-to-manage platform that eradicates malicious activity from the network, Cloud Providers will be able to prevent outbound malicious content from taking advantage of their network.
Legal Liabilities: Complying with Regulations
With complex regulations being implemented and increasingly used in legal battles, legal responsibilities must be taken into consideration when securing the Cloud. The Deep Content Inspection abilities offered by WedgeOS ensure that your operations adhere to current and future legal requirements and compliance regulations such as SOX, HIPAA, FISMASEC/NASD, PII rules and any other specific regional, national or international regulations.