“Too risky.” “Too costly”. “Too complicated.” If you’re a cloud advocate in your organization, you’ve heard these objections to deploying workloads in the public cloud. Concerns about compliance, data security, and deployment complexity may be hindering your organization’s cloud adoption progress. While these objections have been valid historically, new solutions are rapidly turning them into myths.

Your job is two-fold:

  • Prove that transitioning workloads to the public cloud is a simple and straightforward task.Ideally, extending the private data center to the public cloud would be a seamless process, with minimal need to invest in tools, develop new processes, or re-architect hosted packaged applications.
  • Demonstrate that sensitive data can be both secured and isolated.Like many organizations today, you may need to meet regulatory compliance standards such as HIPAA (healthcare), PCI (payment card/retail/FI’s), CJIS (FBI criminal justice), or SOX (financial reporting). Even if you aren’t required to demonstrate regulatory compliance, it’s critical to ensure that your sensitive data is inaccessible by other tenants, cloud administrators, and outsiders.

If you’re a VMware customer, VMware and AFORE together have made the job of overcoming objections to public cloud adoption easier.  CloudLink® SecureVSA for VMware vCloud® Hybrid Service can make leveraging the benefits of the public cloud a reality for your organization.

VMware first introduced VMware vCloud Hybrid Service to respond to their customers who were facing significant challenges in deploying workloads to third-party public clouds. With vCloud Hybrid Service, VMware customers can easily and seamlessly extend their private data centers to the public cloud. This differentiated cloud offering allows customers to leverage the existing VMware tools and platforms they know and trust, with no need to invest in building new processes and re-architecting applications. According to the RightScale 2014 State of the Cloud Report, vCloud Hybrid Service is ranked second in terms of public cloud adoption among companies with more than 1,000 employees. Given that it’s a relatively new public cloud offering, this is an impressive achievement for VMware, and speaks to their responsiveness to customer pain points.

CloudLink SecureVSA for VMware vCloud Hybrid Service

CloudLink SecureVSA for VMware vCloud Hybrid Service

AFORE recognized that an easy-to-adopt public cloud offering should also provide an easy-to-deploy data security and encryption solution. Securing your sensitive data is always a concern, and even more so in the public cloud where this data—such as intellectual property, business sensitive plans, and customer and employee personal information–are subject to regulatory compliance and corporate security policy. CloudLink SecureVSA  is a virtual storage appliance that encrypts sensitive data in cloud-hosted packaged business applications before it’s sent to shared storage. CloudLink SecureVSA provides a simple way to bring your own encryption to vCloud Hybrid Service.

Here are four reasons to consider CloudLink SecureVSA for securing packaged business applications hosted in VMware vCloud Hybrid Service:

    1. Move forward with cloud-hosted packaged applications with the confidence that your data is secure.
    2. Maintain total control. Even with your workloads in a public cloud, CloudLink enables you to control encryption keys and store them on-premise.
    3. Deploy security without having to change or modify workloads and applications with an agentless solution deployed as a virtual machine.
    4. Leverage familiar VMware deployment and management tools to run applications transparently.

If you want to bring the benefits of the public cloud to your organization, give CloudLink SecureVSA for VMware vCloud Hybrid Service serious consideration. The agility and compatibility of vCloud Hybrid Service, together with CloudLink SecureVSA’s easy-to-deploy data security and encryption virtual appliance give you the means to overcome concerns voiced in your organization. Respond with a solution that enables your organization to deploy workloads to the public cloud with confidence in its ease-of-use and the security of your mission-critical data.

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We are very pleased to announce that CloudLink has been acquired by EMC Corporation.  EMC is the leader in delivering solutions that enable the world to store, manage and leverage data.  The EMC Federation Enterprise Hybrid Cloud enables customers to deploy IT as a Service quickly and easily.  CloudLink is an award-winning provider of software-based data security solutions for hybrid clouds.  As part of EMC, CloudLink will empower customers to embrace the hybrid cloud while addressing concerns around data security and sovereignty, and maintaining regulatory compliance.

Since CloudLink turned its focus to cloud security more than four years ago, we have been heartened to witness the exponential growth of private, public and hybrid cloud and honored to help our customers embrace this new paradigm.  Our induction into the EMC Select partner program two years ago was both a privilege and an excellent opportunity for us to develop solutions that truly address customer needs.  We are eager to contribute to the customer value EMC delivers through its industry-leading innovation, service and support.

Above all, we’d like to extend our thanks to our customers, partners and employees, as well as everyone who has helped us evolve and innovate.  We are very excited to join the EMC family and look forward to continuing our joint commitment to making hybrid cloud a success. If you have any immediate questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at cloudlinkquestions@emc.com.


The CloudLink Team

PS Read the story behind the acquisition.