Cloud security and your continuing data center operation

Jun 7, 2016 1:07:54 AM
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Keep your data center running and plan optimal cloud security for each application

In previous blog posts, we considered the cloud myths that assert cloud deployments are all about savings and cost control, and it’s best to commit all of your applications to the cloud, using a single vendor. Today, we make a case against wholesale data center decommissioning and outdated notions of cloud security.

Cloud legend #3: Cloud equals data center decommissioning

For some companies, closing down their data centers in favor of moving data and applications to the cloud may turn out to yield the most desirable results, but for many organizations, the best outcome will come about with optimally planned utilization of data center and cloud resources. Just like there are workloads that are a great fit for the cloud’s service model and some that are less so, your data center planning should not simply pursue closing down the facility.

One of the advantage of cloud services is that they can be highly modular, so you can bring to the cloud those workloads for which this makes most sense. Your cloud and data center strategies need to be complementary, and it would be a mistake to subsume your data center planning under your cloud project. However, the efficiencies and economies you discover in the cloud may certainly make it possible to reassign or reduce data center resources.

Cloud legend #4: Cloud security is inferior than the security of on-premise deployments

Thanks to organizations like the Cloud Security Alliance and other industry initiatives, cloud security today is generally robust and mature. Don’t rely on your assumptions about the security offered by cloud services and vendors. You need to verify cloud security levels in each instance, much like you do to validate the integrity of on-premise data and applications. In today’s connected world, the risks to cloud-based and on-premise technology environments are not all that different anymore. If your company is like many, you need to plan and implement the right security level for each of your cloud and on-premise solutions and usage scenarios given the intensity of risk, the business-criticality of the data and applications, and the level of availability you want to accomplish.

However, the cloud environment is more complicated than the on-premise realm when you want to pinpoint the accountability for security. For instance, when you engage a cloud IaaS provider, the provider will likely be responsible for security at the IaaS level. If the provider does not own the data center where the IaaS technology resides, the data center operator will handle security at the data center level. Ultimately, you are responsible for devising a security strategy and ensuring that all of your applications are protected by the right measures and policies.

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Luciano Cunha

Luciano Cunha

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) For Luciano, being responsible for To-Increase’s global sales and marketing means unleashing the company’s insight, innovation, and creativity to tell our story and help customers achieve their goals. On the road much of the time, he travels the world to meet with customers, understand their challenges and ambitions, and find the most effective ways to help them advance. Luciano develops and mentors our marketing and sales team, and creates strategies to help the To-Increase worldwide partner channel thrive and grow.
Making Customer Needs the Main Business Driver Luciano and his team have daily conversations with the To-Increase research and development organization to bring customers’ requirements and concerns into the road maps and design of our solutions. Luciano brings his insight to the marketing group to make sure the company’s communications resonate with customers and speak directly to their experience.
“I’m awed by customers’ innovative spirit in taking business management technology past its limits and by their generosity in letting us participate and empower them. I hope to transform our organization to become even more customer-centric than we are today. That means making more resources available to spend productive time with both our customers and partners, so we can ensure that we place into customer businesses effective solutions that fit the evolutionary stage of their operation and the way their people and processes work.”
Empowering a Global Channel
Because To-Increase only sells through partners, readying the channel to be successful in helping customers is a business-critical effort. Luciano aims to meet partners where their interests are. Partners who consider the relationship with To-Increase strategic can rely on our industry specialists to work with them as they plan their growth and serve customers. If partners prefer a less collaborative relationship, they still receive the rich To-Increase expertise and resources to ensure they win the business, perform a successful deployment, and retain a satisfied customer. In working with partners and their customers, Luciano brings to bear his experience of many years of creating successful, customer-focused business development and marketing strategies in many of the world’s countries and regions.
Enabling Customer Success in Challenging Business Environments
Looking into the near future, Luciano expects that customers will continue to expect To-Increase to help them make business sense of unfolding trends and technologies. For example, the internet of things (IoT) will thoroughly revolutionize manufacturing, engineering, and supply chains. Big data will be meaningful and valuable when decision-makers can use technology solutions to transform it into actionable business intelligence that supports key roles and business processes. Mobility will help companies become digital enterprises and move business processes forward from any location, at any time. Team To-Increase harnesses innovation to help customers translate the promise of these technologies into business results.
Before his current role, Luciano for several years was one of To-Increase’s global industry directors, responsible for our industry solutions. His experience also spans more than 17 years in IT and manufacturing management roles. These positions took him into various areas at IBM Brazil, serving as product manager for several software development companies, and included working in senior management at a manufacturing organization in the U.S.
Luciano is married with two young children. Away from work, he enjoys participating in a soccer class together with his son and daughter as well as taking relaxing walks in natural environments with his family.

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