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June 21, 2013

Webinar - Scale-Out Storage and IaaS Security

For those of you who have been who have been following the numerous articles on TMCnet.com about moving to the private cloud, you are aware that we have been featuring all of the reasons why moving to the cloud—public, private and hybrid—makes a tremendous of sense. This is true for a host of financial and performance reasons. 

Yet, despite all of the analyses that demonstrate the value of the cloud from a host of perspectives including return on investment (ROI), total cost of ownership (TCO), and improvements in performance, accessibility and the advantages of using the cloud for contingencies, skepticism in some quarters remain.  Most of the reasons why IT professionals are holding back on a commitment to the cloud, especially when it comes to the all important component of storage, revolve around security. There is a perception that data integrity could be compromised during a migration or that for various reasons cloud storage is less safe. Plus, there are concerns about government compliance and other corporate governance issues. 

Reality is that well executed and managed scale-out storage is a solution that should please even the most ardent skeptics. 

Scale out, scale and scale down and IaaS

For those not familiar with the term “scale-out storage” here is a brief primer. Scale-out storage is a system that literally using what is known as “scaling methodology” to create a dynamic storage environment that will support balanced data growth on an as-needed basis.

Architecturally, is uses a number of storage nodes—made up typically of multiple standardized and low-cost servers and storage components—configured to create a storage pool or that are configured to increase computing power to exceed a traditional storage array. This pool means that storage can be added easily and cost-effectively as needed providing scale for capacity and performance.

Where the term Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) comes in is that all of that scaled-out capability is provided and maintained not by in-house IT, but is outsourced to a service provider who owns the equipment and is responsible for housing, running and maintaining it. This is the essence of the cloud. You retain control, but pay a service provider on a pay per-use, and pay as you grow or scale back basis, enabling your organization to reap all of the benefits associated with the cloud. 

But back to the matter at hand. “Is scaled-out storage provide as IaaS secure?” The simple answer is yes. In fact, in many ways because of the physical security of the top service providers, and the ability to keep all of the critical software used up-to-date and protected from those with malicious intent, it can be argued that in many ways the cloud is more secure than traditional approaches.

How so?

Hopefully, you have been participating in the three-part webinar series on IaaS I have been moderating with the subject matter experts from savvisdirect. In the first two webinars, we discussed the benefits of cloud storage and explained specifically why a private cloud offering was one that could be right for many businesses. On June 25 at 2:00PM ware are concluding the series with an in-depth look at IaaS security issues. It is designed to provide you the understanding you need for peace of mind about storing critical information in the cloud under an IaaS business model.

This is a chance to separate the myths from realities, have your questions answered,  and gain a deeper  understanding about the benefits that can be gained from IaaS provisioned security which include:

  • Secure Infrastructure
  • Server and Disk-Hardening Policies
  • Change Management and Audit Procedures
  • Secure Storage

Find out how IaaS security employs such risk mitigation capabilities as Distributed Denial of Service Protection (DDoS),Web Application Firewalls, File Integrity Monitoring and Anti-Virus Solutions to protect infrastructure.

Not all data is a candidate to be migrated to the cloud, but increasing much of it is. The webinar series has been designed to help you know, what, when, where, why and how to move. It is also aimed at dispelling fears about what would happen to the data you might wish to move during a migration. If security has been the main reason holding you back from considering the cloud for storage, find out why you need not fear. It is possible to not only have a low-risk migration, but also once done enjoy the added benefits IaaS security solutions provide.

Edited by Ashley Caputo