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By now most businesses know that cloud computing offers compelling benefits including greater efficiency and agility in IT operations. While concerns about security remain, in recent years it's become clear that there are good solutions for reaping the benefits of the cloud while still attaining needed levels of security and compliance. For today's businesses and government agencies the question isn't whether secure cloud computing is possible but rather the best way to capitalize on it.
For some organizations, building your own on-premise secure cloud may be an option. Building and running an on-premise secure cloud does offer the ultimate in control and privacy. And by leveraging modern virtualization and automation technologies, a private cloud of this type affords a greater degree of resource efficiency and agility than traditional IT architectures.
But by self-hosting your own private cloud, you lose out on some of the most substantial benefits of cloud computing services. For example, while conventional cloud computing services enable businesses to avoid capital expenditures and to focus on their core competencies, self-hosting a private secure cloud is a major drain on resources and time – particularly if you're required to maintain compliance with HIPAA, PCI-DSS, or other stringent security standards. Further, a self-hosted cloud is unlikely to offer the same degree of on-demand scalability that a good cloud service provider can offer.
A better solution may be to find an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) provider that specializes in security and compliance. In this specialized market, the leading provider is Layered Technologies. Layered Tech offers secure cloud solutions including PCI-DSS and HIPAA compliant cloud hosting services.
Security in the cloud is doable, if you find the right provider. When vetting cloud vendors, keep these points in mind: