THE CHALLENGE? MULTI-CLOUD COMPLEXITY
Because companies are choosing the cloud platform with the best capabilities for their apps, they’re faced with managing applications across clouds. And that means greater complexity.
As the size of an application portfolio grows and extends across clouds, so does security and compliance risk. And that risk can threaten valuable customer data and systems. It also makes an app portfolio tougher to manage—now that you need to update policies across different cloud platforms.
Problem is, using the basic security and performance controls offered by cloud providers doesn’t protect your apps from advanced threats, like bots. Nor does it let you rapidly manage security and performance consistency across both public and private cloud environments.
HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN DO
The key is to provide app development teams with a catalog of easy-to-use, consistent, and vetted security, compliance, and performance policies—built by the security and NetOps teams.
To ensure consistency across clouds, companies should standardize the policies that govern core app services, such as traffic management and application security. This can mean intentionally choosing not to adopt the native app services available on most public clouds.
The benefits of consistent cross-cloud policies include:
- Simplified audits
- Faster mitigation of security threats
- Rapid CI/CD development across tiers of apps, as well as across clouds—saving time and effort and reducing risk