A few weeks ago, I wrote in this space about a recent webinar Embotics hosted with Torsten Volk of Enterprise Management Associates (EMA). On the webinar, Torsten and Scott Davis, our chief technology officer, spoke about the top priorities for managing hybrid cloud. My previous post took a look at the issue of cost control, but today I want to focus on issues that are at or near the top of every boardroom agenda: security and compliance.
Security and compliance is always the other side of the coin in any discussion about cost. Any time you select a specific cloud or data center solution, you’re introducing an element of risk that has to be taken into account and managed. Our business development team talks to companies in various stages of CMP adoption, ranging from customers of competitors to organizations that are just starting to understand the need to manage their cloud environment. Regardless of where they fall along that spectrum, compliance and security is one of the first issues they bring up, without fail.
When you consider that 35 percent of enterprises have four or more public cloud solutions in production today, you start to get a sense of the scope: in essence, it’s critical to have security built into the DNA of your cloud platform. It can’t be something that’s just bolted on or something you’ll worry about down the road, or you’ll risk regulatory non-compliance and security vulnerabilities.
So how does vCommander ensure security and compliance for our customers?
Fundamentally, cloud management platforms can help enterprises by enforcing both standardized configurations and templates, while applying policy-based governance to the workloads. Organizations typically have to find security requirements around component levels and images that they deploy. By updating them in a common service catalog and deploying them through a portal such as vCommander, the deployments will automatically have the IT-mandated components configured in a way that IT has dictated and validated. In essence, it removes the manual aspect of provisioning.
Additionally, policies around configuration parameters and security settings can be enforced to be in the automation engine by providing customers with easy-to-use self-service provisioning to the public cloud, or automatically ensuring the policy-based compliance they have. vCommander can ensure security and compliance guidelines are followed without impeding the agility of development teams.
Security and compliance have shot to the top of the C-level agenda, and for good reason. Breaches and exploits can jeopardize decades of good will built up by even the most respected enterprises, and a single incident can do irreparable harm to a company’s reputation and bottom line. If you’re interested in more information about how Embotics is helping customers manage security and compliance as a part of their cloud management strategy, please click here to access the webinar with EMA.