Appcito Bolsters Cloud Security
For all the hype and enthusiasm surrounding cloud computing the biggest concern when it comes to deploying application workloads in the cloud remains security. The number one challenge with security in the cloud is that there often isn’t anyone specifically in charge of it. In fact, it’s often assumed that whoever sets up the cloud network is also responsible for securing it.
With that cloud computing reality in mind Appcito rolled out an update to its application delivery controller for the cloud that adds a raft of new security capabilities on Tuesday. Version 1.8 of the Cloud Application Front End (CAFE) software developed by Appcito now includes support for virtual patching, enhanced Denial of Service (DoS) detection and protection, daily monitoring and updates for Internet vulnerabilities, and an option to define specific application security rules for application security.
Siva Mandalam, vice president of products and strategy for Appcito, said the latest enhancements to CAFE address the simple fact that in the age of the public cloud the ADC is now the focal point for ensuring IT security. In contrast to on premise environments, public clouds already has massive amount of IT infrastructure resources available. As such, there’s no need for dedicated security appliances. In fact, Mandalam contends that deploying virtual security appliances in the cloud doesn’t make much sense when most of those security functions can be embedded within ADC software running in the public cloud that can dynamically consume additional IT infrastructure resources as needed.
CAFE is designed to be deployed on OpenStack clouds, Amazon Web Services and now most recently the Microsoft Azure Cloud. Rather than replicating the way IT is deployed and managed on premise in those cloud computing environments Mandalam said they shift to the cloud represents an opportunity to actually be more efficient. In the case networking and security that means converging how these services are delivered.
Mandalam readily admits this shift will require some behavioral changes to the way IT is managed inside and out of the traditional enterprise. But Mandalam says it’s only a matter of time before the shift to the cloud forces the issue.
In the meantime, solution providers across the channel would be well advised to start thinking in terms of what other aspects of IT service delivery can also be flattened. After all, just because something has always been done a certain way doesn’t make it by definition the right way to do something in the cloud.