Logicworks unfolds the Compliant Cloud


Logicworks unfolds the Compliant Cloud

Agatha Poon

Enterprise concerns over cloud security and compliance have been showstoppers for the corporate use of cloud computing. Fears about data privacy, auditing and protection are always on the minds of enterprise IT executives when it comes to trusting the cloud. These facts formed the basis of Logicworks’ decision to reverse the fortunes of enterprise clouds by unveiling ‘the Compliant Cloud,’ which is designed to be a private cloud offering that demonstrates enterprise-level security and compliance.

At first glance, Logicworks’ Compliant Cloud covers all crucial compliance environments for companies tapping the benefits of cloud computing. Compliance capabilities include Payment Card Industry Data Security standards (PCI DSS) for e-commerce, SAS-70 and Sarbanes-Oxley for publicly traded companies, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) for healthcare applications, the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) for government projects and safe harbor for European Union projects hosted in the United States. Such a move would help business corporations to meet the stringent auditing and compliance standards while transitioning their IT environments into the cloud.

Logicworks claimed that the Compliant Cloud would achieve total IT savings by up to 40% and improve employee efficiency leveraging Logicworks’ managed private cloud service. Positioned as the enterprise-level private cloud service, Logicworks is aimed at delivering 100% uptime SLA for mission-critical applications, which is quite a compelling offer for many IT executives who are struggling to drive consistent performance at the application level.

Key building blocks of the Compliant Cloud

The Compliant Cloud functions as a purpose-built, in-house virtualized IT environment that encompasses all the building blocks required to run the show. Key building blocks include dedicated cloud processing and storage powered by VMware ESX, demilitarized zone (DMZ) deployment (i.e., putting confidential data onto an independent network) and advanced monitoring implementation such as Intrusion Detection and Intrusion Prevention Systems (IDS/IPS). For the purpose of security incident reporting, Logicworks’ Compliant Cloud product will provide storage and archiving of logs as well as data warehousing.

Logicworks has been taking a vertical-specific approach for its managed hosting businesses, addressing the specific needs of key vertical segments in areas of e-commerce, health care, financial services and media. That being said, the Compliant Cloud is designed for a broader addressable market as it extends the compliance environment to support government projects and US-hosted European Union projects running on the cloud. Apparently, Logicworks is going after the mid-sized and large enterprise segments that evolve in a growing complexity of IT environment.

Market impact

Overall, enterprise cloud computing is still in its infancy with an increasing number of hosters and telecom providers approaching the marketplace for private cloud/hybrid cloud opportunities. Aside from addressing issues over security and compliance, many providers consider private cloud deployment as an extension of their managed hosting businesses. Managed service hosters, including NaviSite, Rackspace, SunGard, Terremark and Verizon Business, are big supporters of private cloud offerings that meet stringent regulatory requirements. However, none of them has claimed leadership yet. This should give Logicworks an equal opportunity to build mind share and market share down the road. Private cloud deployment not only has a significant impact on enterprise computing, but more importantly, it will play a role in driving the next wave of enterprise IT transformation.

T1R take

Since the perception of the security of enterprise cloud computing remains negative, a private cloud model, backed by a proven security model and extensive knowledge of industry-specific compliance policies, has become a prerequisite in order for the cloud computing market to transcend its limitations and extend its role in the evolving marketplace.

Logicworks is not the first provider to harden the cloud, but its marketing messaging is loud and clear. Also, its capability to deliver application-specific SLAs in the cloud could serve as key differentiation when compared with competitive offerings, which remain highly network-centric in terms of SLA levels. Logicworks’ move is a good indication of the market development as cloud providers are striving to close the security gaps that keep enterprise IT on the sidelines.

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