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Data Center Applications and the Cloud: What You Need to Know

  • Data Center Applications and the Cloud: What You Need to Know-

    Beware of Shadow IT.

    The availability and ease of use of public clouds create another threat to IT teams known as "shadow IT." Developers and business owners whose requirements are not addressed by IT can quickly spin up public cloud services without IT even knowing — causing the worst kind of security gaps, ones that the organization doesn’t even know exist. Therefore, security teams must ensure that they evolve from the "no" or "bottleneck" department to a business enabler that adopts agile and orchestrated processes required to support cloud environments and fast application delivery.

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Data Center Applications and the Cloud: What You Need to Know

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    Beware of Shadow IT.

    The availability and ease of use of public clouds create another threat to IT teams known as "shadow IT." Developers and business owners whose requirements are not addressed by IT can quickly spin up public cloud services without IT even knowing — causing the worst kind of security gaps, ones that the organization doesn’t even know exist. Therefore, security teams must ensure that they evolve from the "no" or "bottleneck" department to a business enabler that adopts agile and orchestrated processes required to support cloud environments and fast application delivery.

A recent survey of 240 information IT and security professionals found that many organizations plan to migrate data center applications to the cloud despite often experiencing application connectivity disruptions in the process.

Virtualizing a physical data center and moving it to a private or hybrid cloud requires careful analysis of both security and connectivity needs. The challenge is that you must perform these actions without disrupting existing services and without unplanned downtime. And with data center applications typically being composed of servers, networking and storage components and security infrastructure baked with complexity, when a new application is deployed or a connectivity update is made, it is often fraught with risk. In this slideshow, AlgoSec, a security policy management company, examines five things to consider before migrating data center applications to the cloud.