While security is still considered a large inhibitor to the adoption of public cloud, it has also become one of the top reasons for some companies to select a public cloud. This is because with increasing regulations and compliance requirements, many companies that need state-of-the-art security infrastructure, software and personnel have found that an enterprise-class public cloud solution is the best option for their computing needs.
In Part I of this blog series, we’ll highlight the experiences of two Bluelock customers in industries burdened by strict security requirements, whose move to the cloud was motivated by the desire to receive better security than they could provide themselves.
Financial Software Company Uses Bluelock to Deliver Secure Cloud Solution
The first company we’ll highlight is a financial company that produces software to manage trusts and provides investment management software for governments, banks, IRAs and law firms. According to the company’s president and chief operating officer (COO), the company wanted to move its operations to the cloud in order to achieve these benefits:
Secure and reliable platform to provide a SaaS offering
- Improved security standing
- Instant scalability to meet the demands of existing clients
- Flexibility to capture new customers
- Reduced costs
- Minimize IT operational demands
While many questioned whether a public cloud solution was the most secure option for a financial company, both the president and COO agreed that between Bluelock’s finger print security and man traps at their facility, “Bluelock’s private cloud has more security than we have at our own datacenter.” They also added that though the cloud hosting costs are what their hardware costs would have been to build out, they are saving on personnel, operations, and reporting, and in sum, are “getting a better and more secure solution for much less.”
Provider of Smart Meters Meets Strict Utility Security Requirements with Bluelock
The second company we’ll highlight is a software company that provides software meters to utility companies. The company’s operations director explained that their initial motivator to the cloud was to provide infrastructure for development and testing, allowing teams across the world to utilize a common infrastructure that would scale to meet customer needs. They looked at public cloud solutions to simplify their IT operations and provide high security.
The company selected Bluelock due to their numerous security accreditations, strong physical security, and ability to act as a partner and advisor, not just an infrastructure provider. According to the operations director, the top benefits the company experienced from their cloud deployment includes:
- Improved user experience
- Better overall performance
- Significant savings on capital outlay
Additionally, the company has shared, “Yes, the cloud is providing cost savings, but our development team has a lot more flexibility and this will create new options for our customers in the future.”
As the experiences of these two companies show, companies of all sizes and industries, even those that are heavily regulated, have seen the value of moving to the public cloud.
For more information, download the Public Cloud Security Advantage Whitepaper, and stay tuned for Part II of this series, where we’ll be diving into the experiences of two iland customers in their move to the public cloud. For more stories from the VMware Service Provider and Partner Network, be sure to check out the Global Alliances Blog, and follow @vCloud and @VMwareSP for future updates.