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Will all of the buzz surrounding the cloud - no doubt amplified by Vivek Kundra's push to the cloud - are you feeling left out at all? I recently spoke to an operations manager who feels that SMBs are excluded from the discussion because of fewer resources. What information would you like to know about the cloud that you haven't been able to get yet? Share your concerns and questions and we'll share 50 knowledge points!
ASKED: February 23, 2011  8:23 PM
UPDATED: December 30, 2011  6:16 AM

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OK I see two issues:
1. Larger organisations being able to allow internally-hosted and supported applications and webs. This does require in-house expertise or else contracted support and development from external organisations. However it may be preferable to host the data in-house (even if at a data centre) and retain maximum control. This needs to be balanced up with cost factors.
2. Smaller organisations needing external support and hosting to provide their needs. There are a number of companies specialising in this now and if the issue is security then surely it comes down the small print on the contract and the selection of the data that should be hosted externally, no? A hosted application would be subject to a number of security measures just as would hosting of data which is accessible to a company without application hosting being done by someone else.
So I don’t see that the smaller companies are being excluded, simply their cost base may dictate that they use external hosting, then it is simply a question of good judgement and using budgets to leverage services and benefits from external providers.

authentication and authorization methods
Encryption should be utilized for both data in-transit, as well as data–at-rest

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  • Sixball
    We use some "cloud storage" and "cloud computing", but we do so with vendors that we have a mutually-beneficial relationship with. There certainly has to be that "trust-factor" when off-loading anything to the "Cloud"...
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  • Ad2
    At this time I currently manage 8 cloud servers. Seven Linux and one Windows. I have done a pretty good job with securing both provided interfaces on each server but I would like to have some external options. It would be nice if cloud providers would provide customers access to an external firewall with application layer inspection capabilities. I managed a cloud server hosted by 1and1 for a little while and I know they provide an interface to configure an external firewall. This made me feel a little more secure. I believe they were using the virtual interface capabilities of the Cisco ASA firewalls. Other providers may be doing this as well but not the one I am currently using and they are well known. ad2 ad2
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  • MelanieYarbrough
    [...] What cloud concern do you need addressed?: Yeomanie, Sixball, and Ad2 share their reservations regarding cloud solutions. [...]
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