Cloud remains a somewhat abstract concept for many users, a lot of whom don’t understand that there isn’t just one cloud – let alone what different clouds deliver. It’s the variety of cloud types, applications and use cases that make the cloud work for businesses, as it has the potential to grant organizations the agility they need to succeed in increasingly digital – and distributed – enterprise environments.
But there are critical differences among cloud security providers that organizations need to be aware of before they decide if migrating to the cloud is best for them. When it comes to cloud-based secure web gateways, especially, signing on with shared-cloud providers comes with a litany of pitfalls that could leave organizations vulnerable to a diverse array of threats.
Dedicated, non-shared cloud gateways, however, offer organizations the flexibility and independence they need to assure security on their terms.
Flexibility in a non-shared gateway
The ability for users to control upgrade and downtime schedules based upon their unique business needs isn’t granted in most multi-tenant cloud environments. Instead, all customers are beholden to the same schedule, meaning a user who thrives on weekends – a retailer, for instance – might find their network data inaccessible when it matters most because it’s off-hours for their cloud provider.
Non-shared cloud gateways, however, allow users to set their own schedules, keeping their unique business needs top-of-mind when potential downtime could hinder their network performance. All of the filtering, detection, and prevention capabilities of these gateway solutions are dedicated solely to a single customer, allowing them to create upgrade schedules on their terms.
Scalable, elastic capacity
Customers can’t take ownership of their cloud resources when they are being leveraged by a bevy of other users in a shared-cloud setting. Instead, all tenants share bandwidth and capacity with others in the cloud, and may experience latency during peak hours that could hinder critical business operations requiring cloud access.
When cloud gateways aren’t designed with the greatest number of customers in mind, capacity isn’t stretched among all paying users. This helps mitigate latency issues, ensuring that all the bandwidth capacity within a non-shared gateway is dedicated solely to the needs of an individual organization.
Safer setting for sensitive data
Organizations with especially sensitive customer data need to avoid putting it in a shared environment, where one compromised entity could easily infect the rest of the shared cloud. This is especially important when it comes to regulatory compliance and personally identifiable information (PII) that, if compromised, could cost organizations mightily.
Non-shared cloud gateways give users the tools to modify and specialize their protections on a rolling basis, employing protocols and permissions that are unique to their needs rather than prescribing to those of a monolithic cloud provider.
The right cloud can be tailored
When cloud servers aren’t privately dedicated entities, the cons can quickly outweigh the pros. The iboss Distributed Gateway Platform avoids these drawbacks by giving customers complete control of their path to cloud security. Each cloud gateway is its own dedicated entity in iboss’ revolutionary node-based architecture, meaning resources and protections aren’t shared. Because iboss is delivered 100 percent as a service, customers can scale their gateway needs elastically without purchasing any new on-site hardware outside of their budget.
Learn more about where shared cloud falls short in our whitepaper, “Control Your Cloud: The Pitfalls of a Shared Cloud Strategy.”
Paul Martini is the CEO, co-founder and chief architect of iboss, where he pioneered the award-winning iboss Distributed Gateway Platform. Prior to founding iboss, Paul developed a wide-variety of complex security and technology solutions for clients such as Phogenix, the U.S. Navy, and Hewlett Packard. He was also a key contributor at Copper Mountain Networks working on designing and implementing FPGAs and broadband network infrastructure used by Telcos to build the cloud. His work at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) involved building distributed real-time systems for companies such as Rolls Royce. Copper Mountain and SAIC both launched successful IPOs. Paul has been recognized for his leadership and innovation, receiving the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of The Year award and being named one of Goldman Sachs’ 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs. He holds a Computer Science Degree from the University of California, and has had his work published in many scientific journals, including the Journal of Foundations in Computer Science and the Journal of Analytical Biochemistry.