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Cloud and Security's Productive Coexistence

  • May 2014
  • 11 pages
  • Frost & Sullivan
Report ID: 2148686

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Cloud and Security’s Productive Coexistence

Introduction

Despite its operational and transformational appeal, adoption of public cloud services is on a linear rather than an exponential growth curve. Why this restraint? Is price a factor? No. Stratecast’s analysis shows that despite the downward trend in Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) prices, there is little price elasticity (i.e., price reductions followed by incremental new demand).

What about Service Level Agreements (SLAs)? Again, the answer is: not really. Stratecast’s analysis shows that SLAs are an important consideration to current and potential
cloud subscribers. Furthermore, providers of public cloud services are offering SLAs that are aligned with what matters the most—service availability—and,
on the whole, SLAs’ terms and conditions are striving toward higher levels of transparency, simplicity, and acceptable realism.

Are the ongoing cloud security concerns restraining adoption? This is likely. Annual surveys conducted by Frost & Sullivan of IT decision makers show a stubbornly high level of concern regarding aspects of security in public cloud services (e.g., data protection and privacy; governance, risk, and compliance; and susceptibility to cyber-attacks) by both cloud adopters and cloud-knowledgeable non-adopters. The good news is that cloud security can be addressed. However, an incremental or piecemeal approach will not do, at least not to the extent of dramatically bending the cloud adoption curve upward. In order to capture the attention and spending from the existing big opportunities—large enterprise strategic data center and IT services transformations—a holistic cloud security framework is required. In this SPIE, Stratecast provides its view on what a cloud security framework could be, its appealing attributes, and the barriers to be overcome to bring this framework to market.

The End-State

The starting point in defining a cloud security framework is, ironically, to define its utopian end-state. Only with this “end in mind” can one take stock of what is already present and what needs to be added. Pragmatically, this utopian end-state is, like the cloud itself, an evolving target. As such, the end-state will change with the passage of time. Nevertheless, the end-state of a cloud security framework is grounded in a realistic foundation: the private data center. Simplistically yet logically, a cloud security framework (CSF) is the union of the security attributes of the private data center with the attributes of public clouds; holistically orchestrated with a high degree of automation and trust.

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