Enterprise IT, the Pace of Business, Security and the Cloud – Losing Control?

As an enterprise organization we are facing a tremendous amount of pressure to move fast, enable the business, and address security threats. I am often asked what is different now than in previous years—we have always had technical change, there have always been security concerns, and we have always been asked to move faster and lower costs. The difference is the increase in pace in each one of these areas and the technical capabilities that are available to address them.

Previously, we standardized the client platform and determined the best applications to enable the business. Follow-on work was monitoring the platforms and applications for security and availability, and fine tuning performance. In essence we controlled the computing environment of our users and invested in helping to give them the best solutions possible at the right cost. The days of IT controlling the computing environment are quickly fading. We are now asked to support multiple client computing platforms and even promote it with Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiatives. With BYOD, we have seen increased consumer expectations for user experience and content availability. Advancements in cloud architectures are making applications and content available as needed, but this also brings greater security risks.

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To address the quick time to market for applications and content, we implemented a strategy of using commercial applications through software as a service (SaaS) and developing internal applications through platform as a service (PaaS). We needed to provide a capability that enabled us to move with velocity, connect to internal systems and data, and provide the appropriate level of security and controls to protect our information. We have named our PaaS solution the Intel Cloud Application Platform.

The Intel Cloud Application Platform provides application and database services so developers can just focus on business functionality and code deployment. We have seen an enthusiastic organic adoption from our development teams with over 800 applications in development and 73.6 percent cost savings compared to infrastructure as a service (IaaS). With the Intel Cloud Application Platform, applications are developed and launched in days, instead of weeks. The adoption of the Intel Cloud Application Platform is minimizing our security risks with cloud-based solutions. This common development platform has enabled us to implement security best practices for environment configuration and management, code scanning, and identity and access control. The security best practices get integrated into new applications and existing solutions that are upgraded on the Intel Cloud Application Platform.

The Intel Cloud Application Platform has proved to be a critical capability for our developers, Intel business, and our information security teams as we adapt to the changing environment. I’d be very interested to hear about how my IT colleagues’ organizations are utilizing PaaS to increase velocity and agility—join the conversation by leaving a comment below!

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Lauri Minas

About Lauri Minas

Technology is always changing. In recent years, it is changing at a faster pace. I have been fortunate to work in a company that is at the heart of technology. I enjoy working and learning on all parts and components of servers and data centers. At Intel, I am able to leverage my creativity by helping teams create new products. With IT@Intel, I am able to share my interest and knowledge of data centers and their infrastructure. My ‘night job’ is creating paintings that make people smile. My days and nights are both creatively wonderful.