Security has long been a high priority for enterprises, and cloud computing is a viable solution to providing immediate, scalable access to otherwise impossible resources that can protect critical systems.
According to recent Gartner predictions, a slowed economy will result in lowered security budget cuts, which will drive more enterprises into the cloud over the next four years. In fact, the firm expects that due to rising debt conditions, the U.S. government will eventually mandate more companies to transfer systems to public cloud infrastructures. The firm further predicted that 10 percent of security services will be offered in the cloud in the next three years, which will continue to offer faster implementation and more flexibility in terms of updates. By 2015, Gartner researchers expect one-fifth of the Virtual Private Network (VPN) and firewall market to become virtualized so as to rely less on physical providers more prone o disaster or failure. Gartner research director Ruggero Contu was adamant about how the cloud will continue to revolutionize the security market.
“Deployments of virtualization, and its [replacement] of traditional physical hardware platforms, are expected to impact the deployment model of future network security capabilities, which are expected to be based increasingly on virtual security appliances,” he asserted.
Optimal security with support
Cloud computing offers a different security strategy by allowing enterprises to leverage existing resources along with a new elasticity from virtualization. This is particularly critical for companies that lack sufficient IT staffing with security expertise. Wired contributor Ryan Kean explained that while the conventional approach to security required costly investments in hardware in addition to valuable time designing the infrastructure, cloud services allows businesses to access resources immediately. However, Kean argues that while virtualization promises a range of benefits, a transition to the cloud requires remote support in order to maintain control over data management.
As more firms look to transfer business-critical applications and sensitive data into the cloud, security protections must remain a top priority to ensure business continuity. By making use of remote database support, enterprises can reap the benefits of a cloud computing environment without risking information governance and protection.