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Amazon: security teams needed at the outset of cloud migration

28 Nov 2012
AWS reInvent in Las Vegas Nevada

LAS VEGAS: Amazon Web Service (AWS) has published guidelines for firms looking to extend their deployment of cloud-based applications, warning firms that security and compliance effort needs careful planning from the outset.

Speaking at the company's re:invent conference in Las Vegas, AWS evangelism manager Jinesh Varia told attendees that companies should follow a set of guidelines around planning when and how they should move applications to the cloud.

He said that firms often start out by migrating "no-brainer" apps, such as web applications and social media tools which can be quickly shifted over to Amazon's cloud platform before more complicated migrations are executed.

"In every enterprise you will find typical examples of these apps," he said. "These are applications which are extremely easy to move."

As firms look to move beyond the low-hanging fruit, however, more planning is needed. Varia said that in areas such as security and compliance, firms need to bring different teams together from the earliest stages.

He explained that in in matters such as security and compliance, all teams should be involved in planning and security specialists should know right away how they can secure cloud instances and what changes will be needed.

"What we have seen is you should involve your sec team early in the process, getting these people to understand what these new rules are," Varia explained.

"Involving your security team early in the process is one of the most important things we have learned."

The cloud evangelist also advised firms to look for opportunities to migrate legacy applications or code acquired through mergers and acquisitions. Varia said that in many cases, being able to migrate and consolidate such applications can have benefits both technically and strategically.

"The understanding of what those applications are, understanding their hardware requirements is not the way to go," he said.

"Rather, understanding what the application's footprint is will give you the best total cost of ownership."

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Shaun Nichols

Shaun Nichols is the US correspondent for He has been with the company since 2006, originally joining as a news intern at the site's San Francisco offices.

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