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Oct 21 2010   10:33AM GMT

Data protection and the cloud, huh!?

Kevin Beaver Kevin Beaver Profile: Kevin Beaver

I just received an email from CREDANT Technologies – the data protection company specializing in encryption and related endpoint security solutions – requesting my participation in their “cloud” survey. When I saw this I thought, huh!, what does the cloud have to do with what they do??

Apparently there’s something in the cloud for them. I actually followed up with CREDANT and found out that they’re looking to get a quantitative view of the market and see how they can help their customers who are asking more and more about the cloud. Very interesting.

I suppose what we’re seeing is the metamorphosis of traditional network environments inside our own four walls to ones that are spread across data centers throughout the world…even for endpoint protection. I’m still having a hard time wrapping my head around what the intent is and how everything will end up 10-15 years from now.

Call it simple curiosity, vendors trying to jump on the bandwagon or whatever apparently this cloud thing is reaching further and further into enterprise. Certainly worth keeping our eyes on it. Not that I buy into managed services, I mean application service providers, I mean software as a service, I mean the cloud. Whew – sometimes it really does make me tired.

Kevin Beaver is an independent information security consultant, expert witness, author, and professional speaker with Atlanta-based Principle Logic, LLC and a contributor to the IT Watch Blog. You can reach Kevin through his website at www.principlelogic.com and follow him on Twitter at @kevinbeaver.

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