Are You Cloud Ready? Q & A – Does Your Cloud Provider Recommend the Solution?

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Note: This is the fifth and final post in a multi-part blog series on Cloud Ready security questions. You can follow the entire Security Questions series here, and follow the Barracuda Cloud Ready blog here.

In this final edition of our Cloud Ready blog series, we take a look at why it’s important to know if your current security vendor’s solution is recommended by the cloud provider that you’ll be using. This might seem like an obvious step to take, however, too many vendors place claims about being prepared to secure cloud workloads yet complications arise once you’re already too invested. So, let’s talk about it as we address our final question from the list:

10. Does your public cloud vendor recommend the solution?  

Amazon’s EC2 might be a decade old, but the cloud remains a nascent, rapidly growing, and evolving entity. Customers are also beginning to look at the different cloud providers from the standpoint of traditional strengths and weaknesses, regardless of how valid those comparisons may be in today’s multi-cloud world.

Whether customers adopt one or multiple public clouds, they will not only be migrating applications to these clouds and building new “born-in-the-cloud” applications, but they will also be adding products to customize their cloud experience. Security remains top-of-mind, and most successful cloud deployments include some aspect of enhanced security over what comes standard with public cloud infrastructures. 

The cloud vendors themselves become a valuable proof source for solutions that customers are looking to bolt onto their cloud instances. Are the products readily available through the cloud Marketplaces? This is an important question because cloud vendors require specific testing and validation before they agree to put another vendor’s application in their marketplace.  And, does the cloud vendor recommend the solution? Barracuda works closely with its cloud partners, both in the more visible aspects of sales and marketing, and more importantly — in aspects of design and qualification.

Cloud vendors will be very honest with customers because they don’t want customers deploying products that will downgrade their cloud experience. The major providers all recommend Barracuda products, which is an important consideration, especially when it comes to security.

That’s a wrap — we hope the topics and questions discussed in this series help you determine the cloud readiness of your current solutions or the ones that you’re considering for the near future. In addition, here are a few resources that may be helpful along with links below to the full Cloud Ready blog series.

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Note: This is the fifth and final post in a multi-part blog series on Cloud Ready security questions. You can follow the entire Security Questions series here, and follow the Barracuda Cloud Ready blog here.

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