The Network’s Becoming Intelligent – On Location at RSA Conference 2011

Dave Bennett, CTO, Axway

“I think it goes beyond that. I think we have to start looking at the whole fabric, the whole network, beyond just cloud. How cloud intertwines to your corporate enterprise, how it intertwines to the new social medias, to the ad hoc users.”

Crossing the Chasm

A commentary by Dave Bennett, CTO, Axway on the article “IT Survey Spotlights Cloud Computing’s Potential, Misconceptions.”

“If you think about where they sit, and the job that they do, any time there is a major platform change or a major new platform introduced, it creates some uncertainty. So I can sympathize with the fact that they would play both sides of this, because you have to make sure you’re protecting your organization the best way possible. So they have to play both sides a little bit with these new platforms, because they’re assuming that they are more reliable and more secure and all those things, but they don’t know yet.”

The Momentum is Not Slowing Down

Dave Bennett, CTO, Axway

“People (are) continuing to buy cloud technologies, cloud infrastructures, cloud platforms, and I think it’s forcing (Larry Ellison) to start riding that same wave. And if you think about it, if I was Larry, I would be a little anti-cloud myself…for business reasons primarily. Because if you think about things like storage and databases and core technologies, even servers–brand is not as relevant when it comes to getting that compute power from a cloud provider. You’re paying for an SLA, you’re paying for uptime, scalability… You don’t really care if the storage is EMC or IBM or HP or somebody else, and you don’t care if the database is Oracle or MySQL.”

Rapid Scalability

Joe Fisher, EVP Worldwide Marketing, Axway

XaaS: X as a Service

Dave Bennett, CTO, Axway

A commentary on the Forbes’ article “Keeping Data Safe In The Cloud”

To read the original article, click here.

Establishing Trust: Moving Into the Cloud is Just the Beginning

Willy Leichter, Director, Product and Solutions Marketing, Axway

To read the original article Willy is commenting on, please click here.

Upcoming: A commentary on IDC’s “Worldwide Enterprise Server Cloud Computing 2010-2014 Forecast”

Dave Bennett, CTO, Axway

Compelling: The Enterprise Discovers the Cloud

Willy Leichter, Director, Product and Solutions Marketing, Axway

MIT Enterprise Forum Phoenix’s panel on cloud computing

Axway CTO Dave Bennett’s recap

Thinking About Cloud Apps?

by Willy Leichter
Director, Product and Solutions Marketing

I see plenty of forces driving companies to the cloud. People want to reduce costs, consolidate infrastructure, and stop hosting their own software, and they want to use any number of the countless productivity apps becoming available every day: HR apps, finance apps, and, of course, social media apps.

Clearly, the cloud is an inevitability, and what a statement that is when just a few years ago IT debated fiercely over whether it was wise to allow Facebook, whether allowing it was a threat to security or not allowing it was a threat to user satisfaction. Needless to say, that worked itself out: nearly all businesses allow it, and most integrate it into their business model somehow.

But if you move into cloud purely to save money, I don’t think you’ll necessarily be that successful. There are some cost savings available, but it’s really about simplifying your infrastructure and simplifying your management of applications. If you think just by shifting into the cloud your costs will go down dramatically—that’s still unproven.

What is proven, however, is that most Web apps have minimal security features. Sure, there’s usually some minimal virus scanning, but there’s barely any kind of content control. Sites like Facebook and Linkedin fly under the radar due to the fact that the users demand it, that not having it creates its own problem.

Even if you’re using legitimate business-related web apps (i.e., HR apps, finance apps, etc.), you’re basically not connected to the identity and authorization system of the company, and your well-established rules about where you can go within the company, what servers you can access, etc., become moot. You will end up with many, many IDs and passwords for different applications. And that can be a real security problem when people leave—when they change roles or leave the company, you still have dozens of accounts with different passwords that all need to be cleaned up. This issue had been addressed in the past via general identity access control. But today, increasingly, companies are getting into problems where they’re saying, “It’s just not my job to be worried about apps in the cloud,” because they have no direct bearing on internal business systems.

What do you think? Is it your job to be worried about apps in the cloud?

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