Containing Cloud Costs via Portable Security

If you are like me, I am sure you have been devastated to see your Public Cloud Computing bill. Your teenager’s credit card bill or phone bill pales in comparison!

Hence it is with great interest that I read two amazing articles [1, 2] on this subject from Cloud, Networking Guru, fabled entrepreneur turned venture professional, Martin Casado.

Getting to the punch line:

‘You’re crazy if you don’t start in the cloud; you’re crazy if you stay on it.’

The promised land, state of Nirvana is very clear. “Own” the base compute capacity in the form of a Private Cloud and “Rent” the burst capacity by taking advantage of the most optimal price/performance choices from one of 3 Public Cloud Providers. While this would have been a pipe dream a few years ago, thanks to Kubernetes and associated DevOps, Orchestration tools this seems imminently plausible. So where is the rub? What comes in the way of achieving this? I would submit it is security. Security Frameworks provided by the different public cloud vendors invariably leads to vendor lock in. For the sake of cost, convenience and flexibility, it is imperative that organizations look to Portable Security platforms. Just like Wireless Number Portability gave US consumers considerable freedom and un-shackled them from predatory pricing by mobile carriers, a portable security framework is a pre-requisite to customers containing their Cloud Costs while ensuring robust security. This is precisely what we at AccuKnox are focused at. AccuKnox aims to deliver Zero Trust security framework to protect all of your current assets (Network, Application, Data) and emerging assets (serverless, IoT, 5G) in a consistent manner across private and public clouds.

I will in no way trivialize the challenge involved. However, it is imperative that we attack this problem head on, in order to have a viable economic model to manage our Cloud Computing costs. As Casado rightly says, it is a Trillion $ problem.Stay tuned for announcements in this area.

References

1. Zdnet, June 26, 2021

2. The Cost of Cloud, a Trillion Dollar Paradox, a16z

Nat Natraj

Nat Natraj is the co-founder/CEO of AccuKnox. AccuKnox is a Zero Trust Run-time Kubernetes Security platform. AccuKnox is built in partnership with SRI International(Stanford Research Institute) and is anchored on seminal inventions in the areas of: Container Security, Anomaly Detection and Data Provenance. AccuKnox can be deployed in Public and Private Cloud environments.

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