The self-service delivery model of the public cloud brings many benefits, but of course undermines the traditional IT server provisioning model. Now that developers can allocate resources themselves with the swipe of a credit card, enterprise security teams have their work cut out for them.

How can IT security teams enable their organizations to harness the cloud’s flexibility and virtually infinite scale while maintaining control over corporate IT and data? This article explores the challenges enterprises face in enforcing security policies on the hybrid cloud, as well as the architectural solution Bracket Computing offers to address those challenges. 

Hybrid cloud challenges

Enterprises are encountering three primary challenges as they adopt hybrid cloud environments.

First, hybrid cloud means hybrid complexity. The heterogeneity of cloud service providers’ offerings creates massive complexity for teams trying to interpret and enforce the same set of security policies everywhere. Agents and virtual appliances can be unwieldy and difficult to manage, and segmentation rules can create traffic jams or allow too many actors in. Data and workload portability compound these risks, as does the increased likelihood of human error (for example, data publicly).

. A veteran manager and product leader from Cisco and NetApp, he has extensive experience in virtualization, networking, and storage technologies as part of development teams for industry-leading products including NetApp Data OnTap and Cisco’s IOS-XR. Before joining Bracket Computing, Vinay architected the software and virtualization platform for the packet core gateways at WiChorus, and he remained through the Tellabs acquisition to lead and expand the platform to build multiple products.

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