Expert Tips on Integrating Mobile and Cloud Strategies
Get Goldilocks visibility into your cloud
When moving legacy applications to IaaS (infrastructure as a service), business generally hits a major snag visibility, explained Dr. Mike Lloyd (@dr_mike_lloyd), CTO, RedSeal.
Most organizations, like RedSeal, use multi tenant facilities in the cloud which limit the amount of visibility individual companies can have into the infrastructure as that would compromise the security of other companies sharing the same equipment. As Lloyd explained, to manage access limitation, cloud providers develop APIs that give customers enough visibility to run their applications without giving visibility that would compromise the security of other customers.
This visibility API, aimed at giving customer IT teams the Goldilocks level of visibility not too much, not too little, but just right is the new front line, where competitive innovation between cloud services is going on, said Lloyd.
This visibility has become a game of identification, more than just endpoints or IP addresses, mostly because user locations are constantly changing.
The techniques used to understand who is trying to gain access, or what they are trying to gain access to, have to be rethought. This includes API s on mobility controllers that can translate the world of identity to the world of network access, and corresponding API s for cloud services that can translate the fast moving abacus like world of cloud data centers into terms that fit the wider IT management ecosystem, added Lloyd.