October 21st, 2011

FROM THE VAULT: White Paper – Steer Safely into the Clouds

Cloud GovernanceThis week, From the Vault – our weekly series highlighting classic resources from the Layer 7 Resource Library  – steps back into the Cloud. Our goal with the white paper Steer Safely into the Clouds was to outline a secure path for Cloud adoption. With a great many drivers pointing enterprises towards the Cloud, this is pretty vital information.

This white paper is also a vital document for us because it outlines the governance philosophy underpinning all our Cloud solutions. It’s increasingly true that everybody wants to be in the Cloud but a move to the Cloud introduces new security risks and may compromise traditional IT governance. That’s where our Cloud governance philosophy comes in.

The way we see it, Cloud governance is a logical evolution of existing SOA governance best practices. It offers a way to assert control over both internal and external applications and data. This white paper should be enough to convince you that, using Cloud governance, the widely reported challenges of Cloud computing can be met.

Download Steer Safely into the Clouds

October 12th, 2011

Event Follow-Up: Defining, Enforcing & Validating Web Services Policy on AWS

Amazon Web ServicesLast week, I was involved with a Layer 7 workshop in Tysons Corner, VA, just outside of Washington, DC. This workshop, called Defining, Enforcing & Validating Web Services Policy on AWS was presented in association with our friends at Amazon Web Services. The goal of the session was to teach attendees how build a secure bridge between the enterprise and the public Cloud.

You see, for organizations with variable application loads or the need to scale rapidly, Cloud services like AWS offer a truly elastic way to accommodate changing compute needs. But it’s rare for an enterprise to be able to run a workload in the public Cloud isolated from data or applications residing inside the enterprise. These organizations need ways to bridge the enterprise and the Cloud without compromising security or limiting scale-out.

Layer 7/AWS Event

The Layer 7/AWS workshop demonstrated a solution based on Layer 7′s industry-leading SecureSpan EC2 Appliance, which makes it simple for organizations in this situation to address the challenges of federation, integration and governance they are facing. Specifically, the event began with an overview of AWS before providing practical instructions on how the SecureSpan EC2 Appliance can be used to:

  • Ensure security and federate identities in Cloud/enterprise integrations
  • Implement fine-grained access and data security policies without coding
  • Secure and manage REST APIs for Cloud applications

We certainly got a great response from attendees. Also, during registration, we got quite a few requests for similar events in different cities. If you’d like us to hold a Layer 7/AWS workshop in your city, please don’t hesitate to contact us by calling 1-800-681-9377 or emailing sales@layer7.com. In the meantime, if you want to know more, the slides presented at the workshop are available here. Additionally, here’s a demo of Layer 7 federation features specific to AWS:

September 22nd, 2011

Defining, Enforcing & Validating Web Services Policy on AWS

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Layer 7 is now accepting registrations for an upcoming event near Washington, DC, which will provide practical instructions on how to secure a Cloud-based IT infrastructure built upon Amazon Web Services (AWS). Here are the full details:

Defining, Enforcing & Validating Web Services Policy on AWS
Thursday October 6, 6pm-8pm
Tysons Corner Marriott (Salons E and F, Grand Ballroom, Main Level), Tysons Corner, VA

Click here to register for the event

Amazon Web Services

This hands-on workshop will demonstrate how a Layer 7 SecureSpan EC2 Appliance can be configured to secure integrations to and from the AWS Cloud. The event will include an overview of AWS security as well as practical instructions on how to:

  • Ensure security and federate identities in Cloud/enterprise integrations
  • Implement fine-grained access and data security policies without coding
  • Secure and manage REST APIs for Cloud applications

To sweeten the deal even more, we’ll be providing a light dinner and giving all attendees a 90-day evaluation of the SecureSpan EC2 Appliance. If you’re interested in attending, don’t wait around too long before you register – our last event in this part of the word was a sell-out!

Register now for Defining, Enforcing & Validating Web Services Policy on AWS