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Conversion to Private Clouds to Mitigate Security Risks, Threats

By Adam Stone and Tobias Naegele

The expanding trend toward virtualization and replicating hardware systems with centrally controlled software-defined solutions won’t let up. Market researcher Gartner says software-defined data centers will be a global priority by 2020 and Allied Market Research projects 32 percent annual growth, making SDDC a $139 billion market by 2022. The rise of virtualization has driven a shift in emphasis, with IT engineers moving away from a world built around hardware, toward a range of software-based architectures.

The business advantages to software-defined networks and data architectures is that they can be more readily changed and reconfigured than hardware, reducing labor and potentially increasing security, as well as saving time in provisioning new services. While the Obama administration championed commercial cloud solutions and new technologies, Trump’s team may be more conservative in its approach to security and risk. That could mean a swing toward private clouds, or cloud-like SDDCs, which offer many of the speed and flexibility advantages of cloud, while still maintaining local control of data.

NIST is working to develop test and measurement techniques “to advance the state of the art in network virtualization, network service function chaining, software defined networks, technologies and techniques to address robustness safety and security of virtualized network services” and to explore and support machine to machine communications, advanced mobility and cloud computing. NIST’s Advanced Networks and Technologies Division is developing acquisition tools and secure deployment guidance for emerging network function virtualization (NFV) and SDN technologies.

Virtualized infrastructure will require a new approach and understanding of what IT infrastructure is, potentially freeing IT projects from conventional capital acquisition cycles, said Miklos Sandorfi, senior vice president, Product Engineering at Sungard Availability Services.