May 9, 2013

Security as a Service

Expanding use of Web 2.0 and Internet-based business applications creates new challenges for businesses that need to keep malicious security breaches from entering their company networks. Next-generation security threats, including Advanced Persistent Threats, are menacing and increasingly difficult to detect. A single data breach could have potentially devastating direct and indirect consequences such as fines, penalties or law-suits arising from a company’s failure to protect its private and personal customer information according to industry standards. Security breaches also can result in huge financial losses and lost revenue as a result of operational downtime, customer turnover, and damage to credibility and reputation.

Many businesses no longer possess the in-house expertise or the resources to monitor, detect or mitigate today’s sophisticated security threats from entering their networks. Outsourcing network security management to a ‘Security-as-a-Service’ or cloud-based delivery provider has become an attractive option for enterprises that need company-wide visibility of their Internet security gateways, Unified Threat Management, 24x7x365 moni-toring and management, and a stronger knowledge base of security best practices acrossa broad range of industries. Besides centralizing security controls and policies across thenetwork, the cloud-delivery model of a ‘Security-as-a-Service” eliminates the need to buyand manage premise-based security devices at individual locations. Security-as-a-Service offerings that provide “clean pipes” capabilities help prevent unwanted or malicious traffic from entering the network through the Internet or data “pipe”, and permit legitimate or“clean” data traffic to get delivered across the network more efficiently.
News stories about high-profile brands being compromised by network security breachesare widespread. Because of the growing security threats, information security officers at U.S. businesses are more concerned than ever about security risks. In a survey of more than 2,000 small-to-medium business and enterprise security decision makers, the majority of respondents listed data security (88%) and managing vulnerabilities and threats (84%) among their top priorities.
Sobering reports of network security threats are a constant reminder that the threat landscape has changed and become very complex. One security threat report predicted that cumulative, unique malware samples will have surpassed 75 million by year-end.
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What’s behind this surge in malware?

 A key factor is that hackers can more easily acquire software that they need to inflict damage. For example, exploits can be bought and sold on the black market for a few hundred dollars. The code for malware and worms is readily available over the internet for duplication and manipulation. The code for the a recent worm, one of the most sophisticatedworms ever discovered, was effectively open sourced with point-and-click accessibility. As malware advances, it’s easier than ever for criminals to use it to inflict harm.
In addition, there are new avenues that hackers can use to gain access to an enterprise network—particularly from social media, virtualized servers, cloud computing applications,wireless networking and smart phone applications.

Virtual Private Data Centers

As businesses look for ways to cut costs and as IT professionals are beginning to see a revolution in the way IT solutions are sold, engineered, and delivered, organizations are looking at Cloud-enabled virtual private datacenters as a more efficient, scalable and agile method to deploying applications and other value chain components from a dedicated, secure hosted environment.

Take Control of Your Business

When it comes to cloud services, scalability and agility are two of the most attractive benefits for organizations. As your business needs evolve, so does your need for compute power. With our Private Cloud, you have access to an unlimited amount of resources, eliminating expensive IT hardware investments and enabling you to scale (up or down) with ease. You also have full control in order to make necessary upgrades or changes on-demand, resulting in more efficient delivery and better alignment to business demand.

Prime  Private Cloud is a purpose-built environment, validated for the delivery of the next generation virtual private data center.

VMware® vSphere™

Run business critical applications with confidence and respond faster to your business needs with VMware vSphere, the industry-leading virtualization platform for building high-availability cloud infrastructures.

Automation

Free yourself from menial tasks with VMware vSphere’s management automation capabilities. vSphere’s fully-featured management tools are easy to use and deliver industry-leading functionality. Provision new applications in minutes, not weeks, and accelerate change request response times from hours or days to just minutes.

Industry-Leading Functionality

The biggest obstacle to adoption of cloud services has been a lack of confidence in the secure segmentation of cloud-based infrastructure, where servers, networks, and storage are all shared resources. To address this need Broadview Networks, NetApp, and VMware have joined together to develop the CloudCompute vPDC service, hosted across a global network of industry-leading Tier IV Data Centers.

NetApp® SnapManager

One of the many benefits of virtualizing comes from consolidating multiple, underutilized servers and running them as virtual machines on a single system. You may also find those highly utilized servers no longer have the additional cycles to run a backup agent. With NetApp®, you can run your backups on the storage system and better utilize your servers to run applications

NetApp® Storage Services

Our virtual private data center solution can now give you a level of predictability and performance that your hard drive storage systems never could. NetApp® Storage Services is a Software Defined Storage product designed to meet your needs and/or your customer’s performance requirements.

Snapshots

Our Snapshot technology enables you to create point-in-time copies of file systems along with user-defined retention cycles, which you can use to protect data—from a single file to a complete disaster recovery solution.

OfficeSuite®Application Protection

Now you can protect your businesses’ most critical applications with our Application Protection service. This ensures that the various applications you need to run your business remain up and running, no matter the circumstance.

 

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