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Securing the Cloud Connection

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UBM Tech 11 SSS There are companies that get the differ- ence, and plan to capitalize on it. One is Nebula, a startup founded by a former CTO of NASA, one of the founding organizations of OpenStack. His company, according to an interview in InformationWeek.com, sells a "turnkey private cloud appliance" based on the OpenStack cloud structure. This would allow any enterprise to estab- lish a private cloud, based right at its own data center or wherever it felt provided the best connectivity to the overall WAN. But it is the future of that WAN that is most exciting. Already gear makers are moving 10 Gbit/s speeds most commonly restricted to LANs into the WAN world. Add to that the security of an optical VPN (O-VPN), and you have a fast and secure connection for tomorrow's WAN. In the summer of 2014, Silver Peak re- leased its Unity WAN fabric, designed to run in the data center or enterprise office and provide the best path to the cloud services those systems offer to both public and private access customers. Essentially, whatever cloud service your public or private cloud offers, Unity will scour all incoming connections and constantly pro- vide the best one for whoever is making the connection. Keep Security in Mind Silver Peak's solution, however, loosens security, as it hops connecting private cloud users from one connection to another. A direct connection over broad- band, such as an EPL, may not enable the connection shifting that Unity claims, but avoids the increased security concerns that such a system implies. Whatever technology finds favor, the future for the enterprise private cloud and how to connect to it is one of increasing privacy and greater security. Already gear makers are moving 10 Gbit/s speeds most commonly restricted to LANs into the WAN world. Add to that the security of an optical VPN (O-VPN), and you have a fast and secure connection for tomorrow's WAN. March 2015

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