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Where’s the beef?



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February 1, 2010 3:27 pm

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It’s like the internet boom days. The “.com” has now been replaced by “cloud”. It’s difficult enough for IT professionals and CIOs to understand what a product or service does with everyone marketing their products and services as cloud enabled, cloud ready or *as-a-service. But what is worse is that even mainstream news stories are short on specifics adding to the cloudiness in the marketplace.

Sometimes vendors are marketing themselves as cloud security vendors because they are offering their product as a software-as-a-service (SaaS). Being a security SaaS does not equal solving the problem of cloud security. A recent report by Forrester analyst Chenxi Wang (“Cloud Computing Checklist: How Secure Is Your Cloud?”) shows that when people talk about the problem of cloud security, they are speaking about the real concerns of moving to the cloud – data protection, identity and access in the cloud, privacy etc. So what can IT vendors do to make Cloud less of a buzzword and more of a tangible business solution?

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