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Top 12 Security Issues Facing Enterprise Cloud Computing
The modern age of computing has brought about various improvements in how we communicate, store, and share data. The cloud has become an essential part of the information age and enhanced our ability to connect while simplifying the means to. However, like most technologies at the forefront of our era, cloud computing has vulnerabilities that malicious agents might look to exploit for their benefit. The hesitation of most companies to make the transition to the cloud has stemmed from a general security concern – storing data in this intangible entity could feel uncertain. However, with the adoption of cloud infrastructure growing rapidly across industries, companies must understand the security challenges they may face in the cloud transition. According to a report, the global cloud computing market size is expected to grow from USD 545.8 billion in 2022 to USD 1240.9 billion by 2027 with the Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 17.9% during the forecast period - Gartner has predicted that 75% of cloud security failures by the year 2023 will be the result of inadequate management of identities, access, and privileges - up from 50% in 2020. Several factors are driving these cloud security breakdowns and we’ve rounded up the top 12 to help you navigate the cloud more efficiently. Enterprise Cloud Security Threats Organizations need to be aware of the potential security challenges they might encounter when adopting an enterprise cloud infrastructure. Some of the most common security issues with enterprise cloud computing may include: 1. Security System Misconfiguration A security system misconfiguration arises when essential security settings are either not implemented or implemented with errors. Cloud misconfigurations are specific errors, glitches, or gaps in your cloud environment that may leave your company exposed to potential risks – either in the form of data breaches, malware, or ransomware threats. The most common misconfigurations in cloud computing involve: Exposing unencrypted data on the internet without any required authentication in place. Giving the public access to storage buckets. Allowing all network users to access cloud-stored data. The storing of encryption passwords and keys in open repositories. The misconfiguration of a cloud security system is the leading cause of most cloud breaches and can be attributed to at least 3 main factors – firstly, in their efforts to make data more accessible and easier to share through the cloud, companies may encounter difficulty discerning who should have authorized access to data stores. Secondly, the use of multi-cloud infrastructures – with separate vendor security protocols, allows space for oversight and misconfigurations to occur. Finally, the use of inadequate cloud platforms with waning security measures may lead to a misconfiguration. 2. Denial-of-Service (DoS) Attacks Denial-of-Service (DoS) attacks are designed to shut down a network and make it inaccessible to its intended users by flooding the targeted system with traffic or sending it information that triggers a crash. Most companies use the cloud to store and run critical applications and a successful DoS attack can compromise the network’s data - which can then be leveraged against the company for monetary gain. The interruption of the cloud network’s ability to function during this type of attack can result in mass revenue loss and damage to a company’s brand. A responsible cloud security vendor will ensure enhanced cloud security measures to reduce the impact of a Denial-of-Service (DoS) attack. 3. Data Loss Due to Cyber-attacks According to Statista 2021, 64% of respondents named data loss as their biggest cloud security concern and it’s not difficult to see why. The cloud is known most for its ability to store large amounts of data for companies without the hassle of on-site infrastructure or servers. Despite this forerunning feature, data breaches still stand to undercut the integrity of an organization’s cloud infrastructure. Cloud platforms make accessibility an important feature of cloud architecture to allow users to share and access data remotely with ease - which hackers may exploit to their advantage. Data breaches involve the accessing of sensitive data to be stolen, copied, or leaked to external parties. These breaches may have nefarious outcomes, yet their means are often accidental – through human error or ineffective cybersecurity practices. Nealy 45% of the data breaches in 2022 occurred within the cloud, according to the IBM Cost of a Data Breach report – where organizations with a hybrid cloud model achieved a lower average data breach cost of US$3.80 million—compared to organizations with a public or private cloud model. Functional and tested disaster recovery capabilities must be installed within your cloud platform to ensure data efficiency. 4. Lack of Security at Access Control Points A cloud infrastructure works outside of the physical parameters of an organization to make remote access achievable for employees and customers, alike. This feature has become increasingly attractive since the pandemic and the use of remote working models. An access control point is the part of your security plan that stops intruders from entering the premises and verifies the access of people entering the facility – usually the entrance and exit perimeters of the physical area. With the use of cloud-based systems, the access control points of an organization don’t always fall within their physical access – making it easier for cyber-criminals to infiltrate the system, sometimes even without the organization’s awareness. Cloud vendors are responsible for ensuring that the servers that provide cloud computing capabilities are secured at all access control points. 5. Inadequate Threat Notifications and Alerts When a cyber-attack occurs, it’s crucial to have a system in place that will notify you immediately and alert your security infrastructure of any potential breach. This is enhanced when using cloud-based software as the instantaneous nature of the cyber-threats that target cloud technology needs to be met with an equally, if not more, rapid notification system for its mitigation. Cloud platforms that ensure proactive searches for potential threats and alert organizations in real time of their dangers are more effective in keeping security in place. 6. Unsecured Interfaces or APIs The term “interface” refers to a form of communication, leading to the understanding that an Application Programming Interface (API) is a software intermediary that allows two separate applications to communicate. In cloud applications, APIs can be used to access different platforms and efficiently manage their security. They can be used to define the possible features and functions of the app or service. Public clouds are specifically based on their automated and self-servicing capabilities, making APIs inherently necessary to run them. The use of APIs in the cloud computing sector has drastically improved migration and connectivity, however, they do pose a cybersecurity risk when they are left unprotected. An API that is left without adequate security provides an entry point for unauthorized access into the network where any amount of damage can be wrought. 7. Hijacking of Accounts Account hijacking in cloud computing refers to gaining control of a cloud-based employee account. The credentials of a compromised user can exploit an entire system and use fraudulent accounts to impersonate personnel of authority and access sensitive information. Cloud infrastructure makes it much more difficult to identify an account that has been hijacked and mitigate its access to the database before any damage can be done or information can be exfiltrated. The use of weak passwords, poor cyber hygiene practices, and lacking cybersecurity defenses from cloud platforms only enables this threat - exacerbating the impact of phishing attacks and data breaches. 8. Lack of Visibility Security for cloud-based software has an unfortunate limitation in terms of visibility – where physical premises can use measures that ensure access is limited and areas are restricted, cloud resources are off-premises and do not guarantee that the infrastructure can be secured at all times. Cloud vendors should focus on the constant and consistent monitoring of the cloud infrastructure to ensure that no malicious agents are found in areas prohibited and that the company always has access to its entire network. 9. External Sharing of Data Cloud computing has revolutionized the way we can share and collaborate on files – making data accessible and simplifying how resources are connected. This has especially proven useful during the age of remote working. Unfortunately, this external accessibility can also be a major security hazard for your cloud network. The difficulty lies in the ability to share a link to resources and access to several databases with so much ease that the security of that resource is then compromised. In a rush to make cloud sharing more convenient and innovative, we’ve exposed flaws in the infrastructure that can be exploited. 10. Malicious Insiders When we consider malicious agents, we often presume they’d come from the outside and try to pry into the mainframe, but the personnel we employ are not impervious to a criminal rationale. Insider threats are most commonly known as those agents within an organization that may accidentally or intentionally exploit their position and authorization to allow third-party access into a network. The detection of a malicious insider in cloud-based software is even more difficult due to the lack of infrastructure control and heightened accessibility. A malicious insider can be anyone within the company who has information and is privy to the security protocols in place. The 4 main categories of insider threats boil down to sabotage, fraud, intellectual property theft, and espionage. However, these threats are not always “malicious” but can also be the result of negligent behaviors. 11. Non-person Identities These days, the cyber threats we face are becoming even more advanced, sometimes even past our species. Non-person identities can refer to anything from virtual machines to serverless functions to compute. These bots can act intelligently and replaces user identities. They can be exploited and serve as entryways into cloud networks if they are given excessive permissions to databases. Organizations should employ solutions that can identify these non-person identities and alert security teams if they begin to act suspiciously. 12. Oversaturation of Tools With the growing need for cloud technologies, companies are quick to cover all bases when it comes to securing their cloud environment as much as possible. However, the adage of too many cooks spoiling the broth holds here as the overuse of multiple security systems on a network can sometimes in itself become a security risk. Your cloud infrastructure is meant to simplify your operations and its security should not complicate that. An overwhelmed cloud security base can become too complex and difficult to maintain and monitor – allowing smaller incidents to slip through and cause damage to your network despite the excessive protection in place. While the cloud is moving us into the future, it’s not difficult to see why people might be cautious before taking that next step. Concerns When Using Enterprise Cloud There are 4 main concerns that people still maintain when considering the shift to enterprise cloud computing: 1. Data Loss or Leakage While the cloud has made data so much more accessible and easier to store, the risk of breach has also significantly risen. Sensitive data files and system information are the main targets in a cyber-attack and access to either could easily capsize an entire organization. Data breaches are easily the most prominent concern when considering an enterprise cloud service and the cloud platform you use should be able to mitigate those worries effectively. 2. Data Privacy and Confidentiality The second most common concern would be data privacy. The cloud often comes across as an elusive concept – intangible and somehow keeping all our data safe somewhere far away. It’s a natural fear that the platforms we use might be able to access this data or it may somehow be exposed to the public in any way. For most companies, the confidentiality of many users relies on cloud infrastructure, and a failure in these security measures could result in data breaches and sensitive information being leaked online or companies being held for ransom to gain back their client’s information. This has been proven in numerous cyber-attacks that targeted client information - from the Shangri-La Data Breach Incident to the Nikkei Group’s Singapore headquarters attack, both in May of this year. 3. Incident Response InsuranceBee has revealed that 83% of small and medium-sized businesses are not financially prepared to recover from a cyber-attack, while 91% of small businesses have not purchased cyber liability insurance. Companies rely heavily on their incident response strategies to pull them through after the impact of a cyber-attack, but those resources are not always easily accessible – especially for smaller businesses that simply cannot afford most cloud security options available today. Cloud infrastructure has inherently limited visibility and even those who do employ cybersecurity measures are still concerned that they might not be able to do enough to mitigate the threat of cloud breach. 4. Legal and Regulatory Compliance As with all things, rules and regulations apply to keep us safe. Data protection regulations - like those from the PCI DSS and HIPAA - have set policies that require companies to limit access and regulation of sensitive information that may be used against individuals. These include credit card details, healthcare records, and many more. With cloud adoption, the enforcement of these regulations has become a slight issue with the limited amount of visibility and control organizations retain over this information. Evidence of these limitations can be seen in the growing number of cyber-attacks in healthcare sectors in the past few years. Regulations concerning cloud-based data also touch on the location of data files. This means that data that is held in servers outside of your country will be liable to the laws of that country and their accessibility regulations. While the cloud has forever changed the way we operate and connect, it holds its risks. Cloud computing is an advanced technology that requires an innovative security system in place to work effectively. Sangfor Technologies provides all that and so much more. Sangfor’s Cloud and Security Solutions Sangfor offers a cloud adoption framework that is focused on practical preparations, such as strategic alignment, avoiding common mistakes, minimizing vendor lock-in, and identifying cost issues. These advanced cloud infrastructure solutions include: The Sangfor Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI) is an innovative 3rd generation platform that converges computing, storage, networking, and security on a single software stack - providing a simplified 1-stop software-defined data center solution tailored for business-critical applications. Sangfor’s Cloud Platform is a reliable and seamless automated cloud computing platform that reduces the complexity of cloud data center construction and management through standardized and process-oriented functioning. Managed Cloud Service provides a globally distributed data center with the convenience and flexibility of a public cloud, with the security, control, and professional service of a private cloud. Sangfor Hybrid Cloud is an end-to-end cloud solution powered by Next Generation Converged Digital Infrastructure (NG-CDI) and enables flexibility in the application partition or workload placement design to optimize cloud adoption value. Sangfor’s Disaster Recovery Management (DRM) offers a comprehensive disaster recovery solution between Sangfor HCI and MCS which includes an active-passive disaster recovery solution and an active-active stretched cluster solution to protect business continuity on demand. Sangfor provides all the ease and convenience of an innovative cloud platform combined with the highest levels of security for your data with advanced security features and SD-WAN capabilities. Striving to provide pioneering and versatile cybersecurity solutions for your company to ensure the protection of your cloud computing platform, Sangfor offers a list of innovative products and services including: Anti-Ransomware: Sangfor NGAF (next generation firewall), Sangfor Endpoint Secure, Sangfor IAG (Secure web gateway), and Sangfor Cyber Command (NDR) integrate as part of Sangfor’s Anti-Ransomware solution. With security deployed at the perimeter, endpoint, and network, Sangfor’s Anti-Ransomware is a holistic solution that breaks every step of the ransomware kill chain. XDDR: Sangfor XDDR - Extended Detection Defense and Response is a framework that goes beyond traditional XDR by implementing a real integrated security solution, providing a holistic response to malware infections and APT breaches across the entire organization’s network, with ease of management, operation, and maintenance. Incident Response: Sangfor’s Incident Response service is geared towards flexible, fast, and effective elimination and prevention of cyber-attacks. The focus of incident response is locating and eradicating threats while implementing active disaster recovery and providing tailored analysis to help safeguard your company from future cyber-attacks. Sangfor strives to provide intelligent and advanced cloud computing solutions combined with cybersecurity measures to improve protection and enhance the integrity of your IT infrastructure. For more information on Sangfor’s cyber security and cloud computing solutions, visit www.sangfor.com. Contact Us for Business Inquiry
What is the difference between Private Cloud and Public Cloud?
The cloud introduced a new era of computing that allowed people to host their businesses and networks without any additional underlying infrastructure. The demand for cloud technologies has drastically increased over the past 2 years in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic where more businesses chose to adopt remote or hybrid working policies. Over time, the choice between a public cloud or a private cloud model became a regular debate as both of these cloud models have their respective benefits. For users who do not want to take care of and maintain a hardware infrastructure, a public cloud would be an ideal choice. This would allow them to utilize the services offered by the cloud through the convenience of the internet. Additionally, the public cloud is an on-demand computing model which allows users to pay for its services based on their usage - allowing them to enjoy a variety of services from their cloud service provider without paying for more than what they need. On the other hand, some users might prefer to have full control of their cloud computing infrastructure, in which case a private cloud would be a better choice. Private cloud models provide a dedicated clouding infrastructure that is fully owned by the users themselves, allowing them to enjoy the full compliance of a cloud infrastructure while being able to freely customize it according to their business model requirements - providing the client with superior flexibility. Private Cloud vs Public Cloud: the Differences An overview of the differences between private and public cloud models would be as follows: Public Cloud Private Cloud Infrastructure Shared with other public cloud users (multi-tenancy) Fully owned by the user organization (Single-tenancy) Cost Payment is based on demand Pay per subscription Maintenance No maintenance required as its already taken care of by the cloud vendor Maintenance is managed by the organization’s IT personnel Security Utilizes the security services offered and fully managed by the cloud vendor Full control of the security system, allowing better data visibility Table 1: Overview of the benefits of both public and private clouds Public cloud users might feel a lack of control over their cloud infrastructure without the command of their data protection and the visibility of their resource utilization. This sense of control is a critical requirement for big organizations to emphasize their security and data integrity. However, this situation can be familiar to private cloud users as well. The private cloud can be limiting in trying to adapt to unpredictable demands - forcing its users to either expand their hardware infrastructure or reduce their usage of resources to cope with the organization’s needs. Users might feel compelled to switch their respective cloud models based on these challenges. Diagram 1: Illustration of the pendulum of choices between public and private cloud models How to choose between Private Cloud and Public Cloud Based on the challenges from both cloud models, you might ask if there exists a hybrid cloud solution to combine the advantages of both public and private clouds and you would be right. A hybrid cloud is exactly what the name entails - a mix between the private and public cloud. This cloud model is suited better to enterprise-class level organizations with a high budget for IT infrastructure as the hybrid cloud model can be costly and require a heftier management overhead to maintain both private and public cloud networks. Accordingly, how should users decide between models before shifting their business into the cloud industry? The choice should be based on the client’s future business prospects and their current business model. Let’s consider this scenario as an example: A startup company with a limited budget and a short supply of human resources available for its IT infrastructure - that does not know 3rd party integration - is looking for a cloud computing solution. This company would benefit more from a public cloud model to maintain all the underlying infrastructure needed while enjoying the use of the cloud services provided. The public cloud also offers a simpler learning curve in the cloud industry in comparison to a private cloud model. The public cloud company is also given more flexibility in the event of business expansion. Alternatively, a company could have an enterprise business model yet its IT personnel may not be prepared to manage the cloud infrastructure alone, but still want to enjoy the benefits of a private cloud setting. This is where the concept of a managed private cloud comes into play. With a managed private cloud solution, the cloud vendor provides hosting services to give its users improved flexibility and control in comparison to traditional private cloud models. The managed private cloud is easy to integrate into the user’s existing infrastructure and can be customized accordingly. With the recent introduction of Managed Cloud Service (MCS), Sangfor provides advanced functionality of a managed private cloud model in giving customers all the convenience and flexibility of a public cloud, while assuring all the security and control of a private cloud service. This efficiently mitigates the challenges of both the public and private cloud models. Diagram 2: Overview of Sangfor’s Managed Cloud Services (MCS) From the above diagram, we can see that with managed cloud services, users can enjoy all the benefits of the public cloud - such as flexibility, cost-saving, and reliability while also enjoying a dedicated infrastructure and control flexibility. Managed cloud services give its users the benefits of both cloud models. Of course, there are many more details on the comparison of the cloud service models and which to choose from for your network. Browse through Sangfor’s available cloud computing options to make the right choice for your business. For more information on Sangfor’s cyber security and cloud computing solutions, visit www.sangfor.com. Contact Us for Business Inquiry
What Is Enterprise Cloud? Definition, Business Benefits, and Solutions Available
The last few decades have led us to a world reliant on advancing technology for seamless operation – in businesses, in governments, in healthcare, and almost every sector. We can all understand that the most efficient way for any organization to stay connected is through utilizing the most innovative IT solutions. Cloud computing is just one example of the pioneering technology that will define tomorrow. Simply put, cloud computing involves utilizing the IT infrastructure of an outside server for your organization’s computing needs. This allows businesses to choose cloud platform services instead of investing heavily in databases, software, and hardware themselves. The multiple services offered through the cloud include servers, software, analytics, storage, databases, and networking – to name only a few. The cloud computing industry has grown exponentially and is expected to continue this drastic trajectory as more companies switch to more remote and accessible computing solutions that can provide speed, scalability, and flexibility. According to a report, the global cloud computing market size is expected to grow from $445.3 billion in 2021 to $947.3 billion by 2026 and it’s not difficult to see why - cloud computing offers organizations innovative, scalable, and flexible options that don’t weigh too heavy on the wallet. Deloitte surveyed 400 commercial real estate executives and asked which technologies they planned on investing in and 36% of commercial real estate executives assured that they plan on investing in cloud computing. Source: https://www.statista.com/statistics/1291081/most-popular-technologies-for-investment-cre-globally/ The global market for cloud computing is being propelled forward by newly emerging technologies such as big data, artificial intelligence, and machine learning technology, while the expansion of cloud computing services is being propelled upwards by the need for data protection, effective disaster recovery options to ensure operational capacity and the fulfillment of regulatory mandates, says GlobeNewswire. More businesses are choosing to move to the cloud and avoid the expenses and complications involved in owning and maintaining their own IT infrastructure. Moreover, the enterprise cloud platform still stands as the best-suited computing model for most businesses. What is an Enterprise Cloud? Definition An enterprise cloud is an IT architecture model that combines the flexibility of a public cloud platform with the security and protection of a private cloud platform. It provides a high-performance and seamless experience for both management and consumers. The enterprise cloud platform allows you to scale resources according to your businesses’ needs and invest in only what you’ll need – giving your company added agility and the freedom to choose where to run which workloads. It’s easy to think of the enterprise cloud platform as the best of both worlds. What Are the Business Benefits for Enterprises Moving to the Cloud? Cloud computing presents a host of advantages for businesses and as the digital age advances in leaps, organizations need elastic access to the top 3 main computing resources - processing power, computer memory, and data storage. Cloud platforms offer these enhanced computing applications with several advantages tagged along: Cost Effectiveness: On-site servers can put a dent in your company’s expenditure - from maintenance of machinery and operational costs to the huge amount of power needed to keep the structure running. System upgrades and hardware repairs can also be awfully expensive, along with wages needed for the expert staff employed. The resources provided by cloud computing on the other hand offer a much more cost-effective alternative. Security: Outsourcing an external vendor for your IT needs provides a higher level of security for your data and your business. On-site data servers pose liability and put your data in a compromising position in terms of any physical threat or data breach. Cloud computing ensures a safe backup of all your files, sensitive data, and storage capabilities. Automated Updates: Cloud platforms will ensure that your IT infrastructure is automatically upgraded to the latest technology and is provided with the most advanced computing, storage, and networking features. Scalability: Your business can scale resources according to its needs at the time and choose to increase or decrease those investments at any point. This provides complete flexibility, cost efficiency, and immediate results. Increased Accessibility: A cloud environment provides the ability to share data and communicate more efficiently with co-workers, employers, and clients across the globe in real time. The cloud focuses heavily on security which helps to protect this remote network access from any potential threats or malware. Flexible Work Environment: The pandemic made us all too familiar with the concept of working from home, and in some ways, it became a more efficient work model for some companies. Hybrid work environments are now catching on – allowing employees to work from both home and on-site. Cloud computing helps greatly in this aspect to allow workers to access relevant data wherever they might be located and carry out their duties remotely. Disaster Recovery: Through natural disasters, cyber-attacks, or power failures – things don’t always go according to plan. Every business needs to have a backup plan to ensure that downtime does not affect business operations and that data is consistently protected – a feat that is easily accomplished by introducing a cloud computing platform. Active disaster recovery options ensure that your sensitive data always has a redundancy plan in place. User Satisfaction: Cloud-based applications ensure that your clients will enjoy a seamless and advanced user experience. It also stands to show potential customers that your company invests in the latest technology - which will build up the brand image of your business. The advantages of cloud computing can span across a lot more pages but let’s focus on the actual cloud platforms available. What Are the Different Types of Enterprise Cloud Architecture? As more businesses choose to move towards cloud computing, they need to choose an enterprise cloud model that meets their needs. The cloud model chosen dictates the implementation of the platform and accessibility to the system. There are four main types of enterprise cloud computing platforms, let’s take a look at them: Public Cloud A public cloud is a cloud framework in which computing services and IT infrastructure are managed by an external third party. This makes cloud computing accessible to anyone and offers the use of a cloud infrastructure that can be shared with other companies, or tenants, through the internet. Public cloud platform providers may offer Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), or Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) – giving companies improved flexibility and mitigating the need to host data servers and IT services on premises. Public cloud users can simply rent out data centers or make use of software applications, application development tools, or storage capabilities. Businesses usually capitalize on public cloud services for storing data that does not need frequent access or for less-sensitive applications that have erratic spikes in usage. Alternatively, a private cloud platform offers cloud services that are hosted within a company’s private servers. Private Cloud A private cloud is an architecture type where the IT infrastructure is hosted privately - either at their own data center, a third-party facility, or through a private cloud vendor. All the resources provided by a private cloud have isolated access, which means they’re accessible to only one customer. Private cloud platforms offer more control and improved security but require a higher level of IT expertise than a public cloud. With both models offering efficient solutions, a middle-ground cloud model might seem more appropriate for your organization. Hybrid Cloud The hybrid cloud is by definition a blend of both the public and private cloud platforms – providing a unified and flexible computing model. The combination of cloud computing designs allows companies to choose the optimal cloud computing environment for each workload and navigate between services as required. The platform provides a seamless and controlled solution with increased scalability as needed, heightened security, and streamlined migration between systems. Hybrid cloud is quickly becoming the solution of choice for most enterprises interested in ease of management, longevity, and efficiency. However, some organizations may want a more distinct difference in cloud platform services. Multi-Cloud A multi-cloud framework involves the deployment of multiple cloud computing systems for one enterprise. This model is different from a hybrid cloud platform in that multi-cloud configuration does not make use of only one cloud computing vendor for cloud hosting - rather making use of several providers. The model can be chosen for the sake of increased backup and assurance that your data is safer spread across different cloud vendors, instead of relying on a single cloud provider for your entire business. While these cloud computing solutions pose great benefits in their ways, most enterprises will still show hesitancy to make the jump to the cloud. Jump from Cloud First to Cloud Smart – Gartner Whitepaper The advancement of cloud computing and the way most industries rushed to stay ahead has pushed most companies to adopt a “cloud first” understanding of the platform – where organizations were mandated or chose to push towards cloud computing without considering private or on-premises cloud benefits for their company. This move only added to the hesitancy instilled in most people for cloud platform services, but this is also where “cloud smart” strategies come into play. A cloud smart strategy involves finding a tailored set of cloud computing services that serves your business goals before committing to one. Gartner's 2021 "The Cloud Strategy Cookbook" outlines how to create a cloud strategy that connects business strategy to cloud implementation and migration. A 2020 Gartner paper by Henrique Cecci states that the main objective of a Cloud Smart Journey is to ensure that the adoption of cloud initiatives aligns with each organization’s priorities and delivers value. This journey is charted as: Close the Gap Between Cloud Expectations and Reality. Companies need to identify gaps and obstacles that could prevent a successful cloud journey – including lack of resources, technical limitations, and lack of skills. This helps to set a realistic precedent for your business before committing to a cloud platform. Create an Automated Governance Strategy. An automated governance strategy needs to be implemented in the business to adjust to the dynamic nature of cloud computing and to prevent the risk of security breaches and data loss. Get Cloud-Smart “FEVER”: Faster, Easier, Valuable, Efficient, and Repeat. Prioritize which workloads to move to the cloud by using a “full circle” continuous loop selection process which helps to deliver results in waves of migrations suited to the organization’s delivery capacity. Focus on Simplicity with KISS (Keep It Simple and Safe). Reduce the complexity of your cloud journey to improve focus, speed, cost efficiency, and security. Reflect Your Organization’s Unique Context and Cloud Realities. Choose a cloud infrastructure that aligns with your organization as well as proximity and regulatory factors to ensure a successful journey to the cloud. With so many options available for cloud computing infrastructure, it’s important to rely on a vendor that understands the industry and actively seeks innovation that suits their clients’ needs - Sangfor Technologies prides itself in this respect. Sangfor’s Enterprise Cloud Solutions Sangfor offers a cloud adoption framework focused on practical preparations, such as strategic alignment, avoiding common mistakes, minimizing vendor lock-in, and identifying cost issues. The Sangfor’s Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI) is an innovative 3rd generation platform that converges computing, storage, networking, and security on a single software stack - providing a simplified 1-stop software-defined data center solution tailored for business-critical applications. The HCI can reduce the TCO upto 80% that’s leads to significant business benefits for enterprises. Sangfor Cloud Platform is a reliable and seamless automated cloud computing platform that reduces the complexity of cloud data center construction and management through standardized and process-oriented functioning. Managed Cloud Services provide a globally distributed data center with the convenience and flexibility of a public cloud, with the security, control, and professional service of a private cloud. Sangfor Hybrid Cloud is an end-to-end cloud solution powered by Next Generation Converged Digital Infrastructure (NG-CDI) and enables flexibility in the application partition or workload placement design to optimize cloud adoption value. Sangfor’s Disaster Recovery Management (DRM) offers a comprehensive disaster recovery solution between Sangfor HCI and MCS which includes an active-passive disaster recovery solution and an active-active stretched cluster solution to protect business continuity on demand. Sangfor’s Enterprise Cloud Success Stories Multiple organizations have seen proven business benefits using Sangfor’s Cloud and Security solutions. To be successful with the enterprise cloud, you need the right tools and support. That’s why Sangfor provides the best cloud computing solutions – but don’t take it from us, let the success stories of our clients speak for our product and service integrity: National Information Technology Board in Pakistan made use of Sangfor’s innovative Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI) and cloud platform which expanded storage, and improved efficiency and agility. Universiti Malaysia Pahang utilized Sangfor’s Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI) and Disaster Recovery Solutions. PT JFE Steel Galvanizing Indonesia also made use of Sangfor’s Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI) for undisrupted and effective infrastructure. Finally, Malaysia’s Ministry of Rural Development found the Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI) incredibly proficient and well suited to integrating into their system. Contact Us for Business Inquiry
Sangfor Named by Gartner as an Example Vendor in the Chinese HCI Market
On October 31, Gartner® published Competitive Landscape: Chinese HCI Large, Specialist and Crossover Vendors, which provides insight into the Chinese hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) market and Competitive Profiles of several HCI vendors, including Sangfor. The following article provides a brief overview of the Chinese HCI market and explores how Sangfor continues to demonstrate technical prowess and market foresight to meet the evolving market dynamics and demands. Overview of the HCI Market in China “On the demand side, China’s HCI market has entered the early stage of mainstream adoption. Small and midsize businesses (SMBs) as well as large enterprises all use HCI as a building block of their data center infrastructure. Compared to the global market’s compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 14%, China’s hyperconverged integrated system (HCIS) (appliance) market is expected to witness the same or even higher growth, from a market of $1.8 billion in 2021 to 2025 of about 3 billion market.” Gartner estimates that “the top five vendors accounted for more than three-quarters of total market revenue in 2021.” How Sangfor Continues to Lead in HCI Sangfor entered its HCI business in 2011 in the early days of the technology’s rise to become an established player in the HCI market. A recent IDC Tracker report ranks Sangfor as the 3rd largest HCI vendor in China in Q2 2022 based on market share. Over the last decade, Sangfor HCI has served over 13,000 customers worldwide and undergone at least one major upgrade every year. This year, we released our most powerful ever HCI, v6.8.0, to help customers evolve their business with next-generation infrastructure. So how does Sangfor continue to lead at the forefront of the HCI market? Let’s explore in greater detail how Sangfor’s HCI solution and services fit the current competitive situation and trends of the HCI market. Addressing More Business-Critical Workloads The Gartner report notes that “HCI is perceived as an important part of the modern data center and a stepping stone to the private cloud.” It lists the following trends that are driving the evolution of HCI’s capabilities to support a broader range of workloads: 1. Beyond the core capability of computing and storage, HCI continues to evolve to provide full infrastructure capabilities including containers, networking, security, infrastructure management and cloud management. Sangfor’s Thoughts: By consolidating compute, storage, network, and security into a single software stack, Sangfor HCI helps organizations save at least 70% on the total cost of ownership (TCO) and 90% on power, cooling, and space requirements compared to traditional 3-tier data centers. As a leading cyber security and cloud computing vendor, Sangfor was the first HCI vendor to build native security into its HCI system. While other HCI vendors have followed suit, Sangfor is one of only a few vendors that leverage proprietary security technologies in HCI as opposed to third-party tools, ensuring seamless integration and compatibility. A built-in web application firewall (WAF) protects against web attacks. The virtualized version of our next-generation firewall, vNGAF, monitors and filters north-south traffic, while a distributed firewall protects east-west traffic. Integrating security reduces the need for deploying additional security components, saving costs and reducing operational complexity. Using the Cloud Security Center, customers can conveniently manage various aspects of the HCI infrastructure in one location, including asset identification, vulnerability management, and correlation with other security devices. 2. To support mission-critical workloads, HCI vendors need to improve reliability, availability and serviceability (RAS) capabilities and optimize performance for specific applications, such as Oracle and SAP (HANA). Sangfor’s Thoughts: Due to business continuity requirements, organizations may be reluctant to stop IT production for upgrades, patching, and migration. The consequence of this kind of mindset is outdated and vulnerable systems, which then leads to frustrated employees with limited IT functionality or, even worse, disastrous cyber-attacks. With Sangfor HCI, organizations can enjoy continuous technology refreshment with the three “hot” capabilities of hot upgrade, hot patching, and hot migration. These ensure that upgrading, patching, and migrating have little to no impact on business operations. For example, in an environment of 1,000 concurrent virtual machines (VM) running Oracle database, the I/O wait time is less than 2 seconds during the migration process to achieve virtually no business impact. In terms of performance, in a three-node HCI cluster environment based on NVMe SSD and 25GB NIC, the 4K random read speed peaked at 1.017 million IOPS, which is capable of hosting critical applications like databases. 3. Edge use cases continue to emerge and place diverse demands on HCI, such as a smaller footprint (two-node solution), container management and the ability to scale to the public cloud. Sangfor’s Thoughts: As today’s enterprises add additional office locations, they are also adding expensive hardware and support challenges for IT. ROBOs typically lack the physical space and power resources that traditional data centers need. In most cases, there is no qualified IT staff on-site to manage separate storage and compute resources at the branch. These constraints hurt business productivity and, ultimately, business results. Sangfor Nano Cloud is a lightweight software-defined data center (SDDC) solution perfect for edge and ROBO use cases. Built with a minimum of only two HCI nodes, Sangfor Nano Cloud delivers a small data center footprint yet high performance. The implementation of Sangfor Nano Cloud can help organizations significantly reduce IT infrastructure cost, complexity, and the need for specialized personnel in remote offices, providing them with effortless operations and flexible scalability. Sangfor Nano Cloud is also ideal for small to mid-sized enterprises to begin their SDDC journey. Fitted with different feature packages that can be chosen based on your specific needs, from the consolidation of data centers and the rollout of virtualized workloads and applications to the formation of hybrid cloud architecture – Nano Cloud aims to provide a cost-effective, simplified, and secure IT infrastructure for SMBs. Addressing the Needs of Large Enterprises The Gartner report observes that “as more large-scale deployments occur, HCI is increasingly being adopted by large enterprises. This means HCI vendors must diversify their go-to-market strategies to accommodate the different buying behaviors of larger enterprises.” These include: 1. Support a software-only delivery model, as purchasing hardware and software separately is a common practice in large enterprises for large-scale deployment. Sangfor’s Thoughts: Sangfor HCI can be deployed as a hyperconverged appliance or as software installed on third-party servers. Sangfor’s HCI software is hardware agnostic and compatible with over 100 commodity servers on the market for flexible deployment (the most of any HCI software currently available), including those of major server vendors such as Dell, Lenovo, and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE). 2. Build a direct sales team focusing on HCI. This can be a dedicated HCI sales team, or it can be an HCI sales target for the current team. Sangfor’s Thoughts: Sangfor has an extensive partner network in countries across the world, including Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, The Philippines, Singapore, Pakistan, UAE, and Italy. This allows Sangfor to provide highly localized support to ensure a positive customer experience. With local market expertise and speaking the local language, dedicated HCI partners offer customers personalized services, from project consulting to design to implementation to after-sales. Sangfor also provides local technical support to ensure that customers receive speedy assistance for any issues they may encounter. Regional warehouses also mean that supplies and spare parts are available on short notice. Learn More about Sangfor Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI) Reach out to us for an inquiry to discover what Sangfor HCI can do for your business. Visit the HCI product page to learn more about its advantages, features and capabilities, use cases, success stories, and more. Source:  Gartner Inc., Competitive Landscape: Chinese HCI Large, Specialist and Crossover Vendors, by Uko Tian, Kevin Ji, Evan Zeng, published October 31, 2022  IDC PRC Quarterly Software-defined Storage and Hyperconverged System Tracker, published October 14, 2022 Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner's research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. Gartner is a registered trademark and service mark of Gartner, Inc. and/or its affiliates in the U.S. and internationally and is used herein with permission. All rights reserved.
Ooredoo Continues to Drive Digital Transformation with Sangfor Technologies Partnership
Continuing to make waves in ICT and smart security, Ooredoo has signed a Memorandum of Collaboration with Sangfor Technologies, a leading global vendor of IT infrastructure solutions. As partners, the companies plan to expand Ooredoo’s B2B portfolio, especially in the fields of cloud computing, infrastructure, and network security. It’s the latest partnership for Ooredoo as it strives to serve its customers’ evolving technology needs and drive nationwide digital transformation in support of Oman’s 2040 Vision. Saied Al Lawati, Director of Business Marketing and ICT Solutions at Ooredoo, said, “We continue to team up with pioneering companies to promote inclusive access to digital services and resources, as well as develop innovative solutions to improve our customers’ experience. Our partnership with Sangfor Technologies is one more step towards our goal of building the suitable ICT infrastructure for the development of safer, smarter and more successful businesses in Oman.” Farhan Mannan Khan, Country manager Middle east and Pakistan at Sangfor Technologies, added, “As part of our commitment to helping organisations worldwide thrive in today’s challenging tech-centric climate, we have a network of partnerships with leading tech-minded organisations that spans the globe. We look forward to working closely with Ooredoo to bring new solutions and services to the Omani market that have the potential to benefit a wide range of sectors, including government, finance, education, manufacturing, healthcare, and more.” Complementing its core offerings, Ooredoo’s expanding portfolio of ICT solutions are elevating businesses’ technology infrastructure and supporting them on their digital transformation. Capitalising on its seamless network and customer-centric approach, the company’s tailored solutions are shaped to transform businesses of all sizes to help them achieve growth and contribute to Oman’s development. Source: https://www.ooredoo.om/AboutOoredoo/Media/PressReleases/DetailPressRelease/tabid/2375/ArticleId/5068/Ooredoo-Continues-to-Drive-Digital-Transformation-with-Sangfor-Technologies-Partnership.aspx
Sangfor Technologies and Western Digital Join Hands to Break Ground in Enterprise Storage
Sangfor Technologies and Western Digital Join Hands to Break Ground in Enterprise Storage On August 12, 2022, Sangfor Technologies and digital storage giant, Western Digital, convened in Chongqing, China to hold in-depth talks on market dynamics and opportunities. Both companies brought forth their respective expertise and experience with the view of joining forces. After the successful meeting, Sangfor Technologies and Western Digital jointly announced a strategic partnership agreement that aims to achieve mutual business goals and break ground in the field of enterprise storage. Image courtesy of Western Digital Since its establishment in 1970, Western Digital has been at the forefront of game-changing digital storage. By being on the cusp of innovation and pushing the boundaries of technology, Western Digital continuously produces more powerful and innovative data storage solutions. This is perfectly in line with Sangfor’s unwavering commitment to constant innovation. Founded in 2000, Sangfor Technologies is a leading global technology company specializing in enterprise-grade cyber security, cloud computing, IT infrastructure, and IoT products and services. With a corporate mission to "Make Digital Transformation Simpler and Secure", Sangfor aspires to lay the groundwork for digital transformation for organizations across all industries. The strategic partnership agreement between Sangfor Technologies and Western Digital is an affirmation of our unremitting efforts to innovate and meet the world’s ever-growing digital transformation needs. In this partnership, both companies will leverage their respective expertise to engage in technical cooperation. It promises to streamline the optimization and evolution of enterprise storage systems to better meet not only current enterprise storage needs but also the future exponential growth in storage demand. Value Propositions (1) The integration of Western Digital’s enterprise SDD with Sangfor Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI) and Distributed Storage promises to enhance the overall performance, reliability, and cost-effectiveness of application hosting and Sangfor’s cloud solutions, such as Sangfor Hybrid Cloud, Managed Cloud Services, and Disaster Recovery (DR). (2) Both companies will cooperate to produce enterprise storage solutions that better align with the precise needs of specific industries, including enterprise, healthcare, government, education, and energy. (3) Both companies will join hands to provide customers with more efficient technical support and higher quality service. Image courtesy of Western Digital “Sangfor is confident that the signing of the strategic partnership agreement is the birth of a fruitful alliance,” says Kaden Zhang, President of Sangfor International Market. “We believe that through continuous cooperation, the partnership between Sangfor Technologies and Western Digital will propel both companies into a business ecosystem of mutual benefit.” About Western Digital Founded in 1970, Western Digital Corporation (NASDAQ: WDC) is an American global provider of data storage solutions, headquartered in San Jose, California. It designs, manufactures, and sells data technology products, including enterprise storage, data center systems, and enterprise cloud storage services. Western Digital sells its products under the G-Technology, SanDisk, and WD brands to original equipment manufacturers, distributors, dealers, resellers, and retailers. Visit www.westerndigital.com to learn more about Western Digital’s full range of products. About Sangfor Technologies Sangfor Technologies is an APAC-based, leading global vendor specializing in Cyber Security, Cloud Computing, and IT Infrastructure. Founded in 2000 and publicly listed since 2018 (STOCK CODE: 300454.SZ), Sangfor employs 9,500 employees, operates 60 offices, and serves more than 100,000 customers worldwide, many of them Fortune Global 500 companies, governmental institutions, universities, and schools. Visit us at www.sangfor.com to learn more about Sangfor’s solutions and let Sangfor make Your Digital Transformation Simpler and Secure.
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