5 New Use Cases for the Public Cloud

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Security Sandboxing/Security Cyber Ranges

Enterprises can create copies of their data centers on AWS, and also run complex security tests in the public cloud. Built-in encapsulation and isolation enables scalable and safe malware testing, distributed denial of services (DDOS) testing, threat simulation and other penetration tests on demand. Using the public cloud, cyber-range testing can span in size from just several hosts to several hundred. It utilizes capacity from AWS to provide full-featured, pre-configured and tailorable cyber ranges that are deployed on demand in fully isolated environments.

Public cloud adoption has grown significantly over the past few years, with spending on public cloud services expected to exceed $127 billion in 2018, up from $56.6 billion in 2014, according to industry analyst group IDC. Amazon Web Services (AWS) is still the most popular public cloud in the world, pulling in more than 35 percent of total public cloud market share in Q3 2015. Smart organizations are finding new ways to leverage the low-cost "extended data center" capabilities provided by the public cloud.

In this slideshow, Ravello Systems has identified the five most popular new use cases for public clouds (listed in no particular order). Traditionally, it's been either difficult or nearly impossible to run these workloads in the cloud due to various limitations such as lack of access to Layer 2 networking or restrictions on penetration testing.


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