Cloud Visibility is a Hot Seat Topic
The movement to public clouds is real because the benefits are real. A Gartner cloud adoption survey estimated that organizations are saving 14 percent of their budgets as a result of public cloud adoption.
But using public cloud services also raises security concerns. Earlier in 2017, Ixia surveyed over 220 senior IT staff at enterprise organizations on this issue and found while 67 percent of respondents were running mission-critical applications in public clouds, 76 percent were ‘very concerned’ or ‘concerned’ about security in their cloud environment. The top security concerns about cloud usage were ‘loss of control over network data’ and being able to achieve full visibility across their networks.
Getting that visibility into public cloud environments was the topic of a recent ‘HotSeat’ discussion that Ixia’s own VP of Security and Cloud Product, Scott Register had with Ray Mota, CEO and head analyst at ACG Research.
The discussion centered on how to create the same level of visibility into cloud applications and assets that organizations have traditionally had into their on-premise network environments - essentially to help them maintain security readiness and compliance.
In public clouds, there’s a lack of independent application-level monitoring and analytics of workload behavior. The tools offered by public cloud providers to monitor the performance of their environments don’t include packet data, which is critical for network visibility in order to diagnose problems or quickly remediate threats and attacks.
To address this problem, Ixia developed CloudLens to give organizations unprecedented visibility across their cloud environments. It’s the industry's first software-as-a-service (SaaS), network-level, cloud-native visibility solution, enabling organizations to capture and filter data in the public cloud, delivering Visibility-as-a-Service (VaaS). All the costs of using CloudLens are usage-based, and it’s also built with automation and scalability at its core, so it’s enormously flexible and agile.
CloudLens also enables the use of metadata in management to characterize groups of devices – database servers, web servers and so on – so that the data from those devices can be forwarded to the appropriate security and performance monitoring tools, making it easy for organizations to get full visibility of what’s important to their business-critical applications.
Scott and Ray also walked through the actual process of migrating from on-premise to public cloud environments, and how to simplify trial deployments of applications in the cloud. Using CloudLens, a customer can stand up an instance of an applications that they want to trial in the cloud and still bring data back iso their existing security and monitoring tools can monitor, track, and secure them. In this way, an IT team can migrate to a public cloud without compromising the integrity, performance or compliance their CIO and CSO demand.