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Why is a Cloud Gateway Required?

Moving into 2010, reliability will be a higher concern for enterprises

Gateway Sessions at Cloud Expo

Security has been on the forefront of discussion in the technology community as being the primary concern gating enterprise adoption of cloud computing.

Although this is a valid concern, most cloud providers, owing to the security demands of maintaining a multi-tenant infrastructure, provide strong security provisions, perhaps better than an enterprise's own data center.

Legal, compliance and process issues become more significant rather than technical security concerns.

Moving into 2010, reliability will be a higher concern for enterprises.

Recent outages in Amazon EC2 point towards corporations developing failover strategies across clouds.

For example, Amazon EC2 has had a couple of outages in 2009. The First Outage reported in June 2009, where EC2 services were disrupted for four hours, was as a result of a lightening storm. The Second Outage, reported in December 2009, was "only" for 44 minutes.

For customer concerned about business impact of cloud downtime, but sold on the financial and business advantages of using Cloud computing, redundancy and fault tolerance across cloud providers should be considered.

This is where Cloud Gateways come in -- by using a cloud gateway, such as Forum Sentry, deployed on-premise, enterprises can enforce load-balancing and failover strategies across multiple cloud providers.

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Mamoon Yunus is an industry-honored CEO and visionary in Web Services-based technologies. As the founder of Forum Systems, he pioneered XML Security Gateways & Firewalls and was granted a patent for XML Gateway Appliances. He has spearheaded Forum's direction and strategy for eight generations of award-winning XML Security products. Prior to Forum Systems, Yunus was a Global Systems Engineer for webMethods (NASD: WEBM) where he developed XML-based business integration and architecture plans for Global 2000 companies such as GE, Pepsi, Siemens, and Mass Mutual. He has held various high-level executive positions at Informix (acquired by IBM) and Cambridge Technology Group.

He holds two Graduate Degrees in Engineering from MIT and a BSME from Georgia Institute of Technology. InfoWorld recognized Yunus as one of four "Up and coming CTOs to watch in 2004." He is a sought-after speaker at industry conferences such as RSA, Gartner, Web Services Edge, CSI, Network Interop, and Microsoft TechEd. Yunus has the distinction of showcasing Forum Systems' entrepreneurial leadership as a case study at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He has also been featured on CNBC as Terry Bradshaw's "Pick of the Week."

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