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Securing Hybrid Clouds

By: Sylvia McCleary, Solutions Marketing, HPE Helion

 

This week at the HPE Protect conference, HPE Security have made a number of key announcements around solutions that are designed to streamline and strengthen the approach an organization takes to “intelligent security operations, DevOps, and data protection.” These are very relevant to anyone wondering how they can maintain a level or compliancy across both a cloud and on premises hybrid IT infrastructure.

Security, compliance and data sovereignty are regularly cited in analyst surveys as the top three concerns for organizations considering the move to the cloud, and at HPE we’ve spent a lot of time looking at how an organization should approach cloud security when finding the ‘right mix’ of hybrid infrastructure. It’s become very clear that, for most organizations, the traditional on premises data center is no longer able to fulfill all business IT requirements, but at the same time the cloud is not flexible/secure/cost effective enough for every legacy business application, so organizations need to adopt a hybrid approach – part cloud, part on premises.

A recent white paper from 451 Research, Critical Security and Compliance Considerations for Hybrid Cloud Deployments, showed that customers are most concerned about the security and privacy of moving data and workloads around a hybrid environment, maintaining consistent security policies across both and remaining compliant. So it’s very clear that whenever an enterprise decides to transform their business to a hybrid model, security needs to be involved in the discussions from day one.

To help our customers understand the security requirements when moving into the hybrid cloud, we’ve developed our HPE Helion Hybrid Cloud security strategy, focusing around six key technology areas that help customers secure their hybrid cloud – secure applications, data-centric security, dynamic infrastructure hardening, shared access management, security monitoring and regulatory compliance. We’re lucky to be able to offer our customers solutions from the HPE portfolio to fulfil these requirements, utilizing products from HPE Helion, HPE ArcSight, HPE SecureData, HPE Fortify and HPE Atalla.

With the announcement, Sue Barsamian (@suebarsamian), senior vice president and general manager, HPE Security Products mentions, “Digital innovations are increasing productivity, but also introducing new vulnerabilities and threats that require more streamlined and powerful security measures to protect what matters most.”  Cloud is supporting many of these digital innovations and at HPE Helion we are committed to developing a secure, hybrid cloud platform for our customers to enable a smooth, risk-reduced move into the hybrid environment.