Vordel unveils Vordel 5 Cloud Edition to provide visibility and security as businesses connect to the Cloud
Vordel 5 Cloud Edition to link, manage and monitor cloud services usage from Amazon, Google, Force.com and others
Dublin, Ireland, February 24, 2009 - Vordel today announced the availability of its Vordel 5 Cloud Edition to connect local applications to the cloud, easily and securely. Cloud computing platforms such as Amazon, Force.com, and Google offer significant flexibility and cost savings to businesses who seek to leverage cloud computing within their own corporate applications. The emerging consensus is for a "hybrid" model which mixes local applications with these cloud computing resources and Vordel's cloud gateway enables this hybrid model. Available as an "onramp" appliance for onsite use or as a virtualized software appliance in the cloud, Vordel can be deployed to scale and perform in line with a company's needs.
The Vordel 5 Cloud edition appeals to CIOs under pressure to leverage the cost savings of the cloud utility computing model, whilst increasing the returns on their existing application infrastructure and yet maintaining full visibility and control of their firm's cloud usage. It also appeals to those developers and architects who need a fast and efficient way to integrate cloud-based services with their local services. Available today, Vordel 5 Cloud Edition ships with ready made policies for connecting to Amazon Web Services.
In a recent report from analyst firm Gartner it was identified that "Governing the interactions between consumers and service providers will be a mandate for any company using software as a service (SaaS) or other cloud-based services and offerings." 1
Mark O'Neill, Vordel CTO commenting today on the announcement said, "The more an enterprise increases the usage of cloud-based services, the greater the need to govern the exchange of data between consumers and providers of the service. Vordel's cloud offering delivers on the need to mediate the connection between local applications and cloud-based services; control access to internal applications and monitor the usage of the cloud service.
Key features of Vordel's cloud gateway solution include the ability to:-
- Mediate between externally and internally hosted applications
Integrate local applications with offsite cloud services (e.g. storage services, sales force automation, queuing mechanisms etc.) to leverage greater time and cost savings.
- Out of the box connector to Amazon Cloud Services
Enable engineers to drag and drop links to quickly hook internal applications into cloud services [no coding required].
- Monitor cloud service availability and responsiveness using Service Level Agreements
Ensure that you only pay for what you receive.
- Safeguard Confidential Data
The same regulatory rules apply in the cloud as outside, e.g. SOX, HIPPA, Basle II & US Patriot Act.
- Monitor and alert cloud usage and costs
Monitor the cloud just like you monitor any other utility service. By providing local metering of cloud services usage, local control is applied to cloud computing by internal IT and finance teams.
- Alerting for misuse of services and failure of SLA
Set automatic alerts to advise of unusual service usage, non-conformance with SLA etc.
- Conserve network bandwidth and increase performance and decrease costs
Cache frequently accessed and transmitted data to mitigate against the threat of cloud network outages and provide a level of redundancy protection.
- Control access between the organization and the services hosted in the cloud
Data should only be exchanged with trusted providers.
- Audit and archive interactions with the cloud services
Full traceability of each and every transaction conducted.
- Secure data transfer
It is important to scan incoming and outbound data sent to the cloud for malicious data.
This announcement supports Vordel's strategy of delivering high-performance application networking solutions built on standards-based XML technologies.
Vordel is an XML network management company that provides high performance, enterprise-level hardware and software products to enable enterprises confidently deploy SOA and Cloud-linked applications. Vordel accelerates, manages and protects XML applications to enable enterprises govern their Web Service usage and ensure service performance. Vordel customers include Allianz, Badenia, British American Tobacco, Ericsson, European Union, Fortis, Mazda, Telefonica, Telecom Italia Mobile, and Government agencies in the US and worldwide. For more information visit www.vordel.com
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