What is your solution architecture, and how is security integrated into your cloud offering?
Our architecture is hardware and hypervisor agnostic. This allows for the right hardware (for example, commodity or enterprise) and the right hypervisor (Citrix* XenServer* or VMware vSphere) to be applied to workloads. The hypervisor is managed by a policy-based orchestration system, which supports many advanced security policies that permit isolation (limit customer to servers 1 to 10) and sandboxing (promote to published only after a positive security scan and very detailed accounting records). We also enable customers to inspect traffic between VMs by using our private networking technology (VLAN based) to create n-tier architectures and deploying IPS instances and firewalls between VMs in the architecture.
Cisco SecureX Architecture* is a context-aware security framework that meets customer needs as they embrace a mobile, dynamic, and cloud-based working environment. The framework is a solid foundation composed of technologies that ensure a trusted network infrastructure. Cisco SecureX Architecture is led by context-aware policy that enables customers to easily define and manage business-relevant security policies. It provides further security enforcement elements in the form of appliances, modules, and cloud services. Cisco cloud security consists of three key solution components that are direct implementations of Cisco SecureX Architecture: • Secure Cloud Infrastructure • Cloud Security Services • Secure Cloud Access Within the SecureX cloud framework, security solutions can be delivered as stand-alone, scalable, multipurpose appliances; network-embedded modules that leverage existing infrastructure; or virtual service nodes that deliver security features in a virtual form factor. This gives customers the flexibility to implement cost-efficient security at the right point of the network.
Citrix solutions support the building of cloud architectures by providing the foundational aspects, including secure networking, hypervisors, and a secured and supported OpenStack* cloud platform.
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