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The Secure Cloud Has Arrived. Are You Taking Advantage of It?

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.

Build a Secure Cloud Yourself Or Use a Secure Cloud Service?

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.

What to Look for in a Secure Cloud Provider

Security in the cloud is doable, if you find the right provider. When vetting cloud vendors, keep these points in mind:

  • It's not just about the facility and technologies – it's about the operations. At Layered Tech, our specialization in HIPAA, FISMA, and PCI hosting solutions has led us to place a premium on documented, consistently applied operational best practices.
  • Security requires vertical expertise. IT platforms and workloads may have distinct security requirements depending on the type of industry they're serving. Meeting these demands requires vertical expertise on the part of the hosting provider. Layered Tech works with healthcare IT businesses, PCI compliant vendors, U.S. federal agencies, and others that must operate by the strictest security standards.
  • Security requires versatile solutions. To implement just the right security profile you may need a combination of different types of hosted resources. Layered Tech offers a wide range of solutions including dedicated physical infrastructure, dedicated virtual resources on shared physical infrastructure, and hybrid solutions. We also offer solutions tailored for particular use cases like PCI compliant web hosting and HIPAA compliant web hosting.

Learn more about Layered Tech's secure cloud solutions.

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Layer 4 managed services can be applied to any system or network device. Additionally, Layered Tech offers enterprise-level management of your database software (MS SQL, MySQL, Oracle) as an add-on to our system management services.


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