The Wall Street Journal has an article on the recent Smithfield Foods migration to the public cloud. Smithfield is a Barracuda customer that Jesse blogged about back in May. We published a case study on why Smithfield turned to the Barracuda Web Application Firewall (WAF) as the solution to secure all external facing websites and applications that would reside in the public cloud. The Wall Street Journal article is behind a paywall here, and if you don't have a subscription then you may not be able to access the full content. However, the majority of the article discusses the security and cost-savings that attracted Smithfield to the cloud:
â€śIn most hosted models, we rely on the vendor to have appropriate security and weâ€™re not able to fully validate except for an annual audit,â€ť [Jeffrey Thomas, Smithfieldâ€™s chief technology officer] said. â€śYou trust they will be upgrading and modifying that environment consistently.â€ť
Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure have invested heavily in transparency when it comes to the security and performance of their platforms. This allows customers like Smithfield to have direct visibility into the state of their workloads and data. The Barracuda WAF provides additional logging and reporting capabilities, giving Smithfield the ability to optimize configurations and respond quickly to attacks or other incidents that may impact operations.
Smithfield's goal is to move all applications to the cloud by mid-2018. This is expected to reduce IT costs by 20%, which is consistent with everything we know about flexible consumption and scalability of the cloud. Additionally, IT staff will no longer need to maintain expensive on-premises hardware, which means that a big chunk of IT time is immediately freed up to do other things. There is no corresponding maintenance in the cloud, because the shared responsibility model requires the customer to only secure the data and workloads that have been moved to the cloud.
If you would like to read more about Smithfield Foods, Inc., see our blog post here. You can learn more about the Barracuda Web Application Firewall here, and read the Wall Street Journal article here.