MSP Today Expert Feature
November 05, 2013

AWS Ecosystem on Fire as AFORE Launches Security Tool


According to Gartner (News - Alert), Amazon AWS has five times the raw compute capacity as all of its rivals put together, at least the rivals the research company tracked in a recent report.

As a result, third parties are backing AWS in droves. Case in point, AFORE Solutions (News - Alert) this week unveiled a range of security tools to make AWS safer and more attractive to enterprise customers.

At the same time, Cloud Technology Partners announced a tool to let enterprises see if they are ready to exploit AWS, and once they are, to optimize its use. PaaSLane for AWS does its work by analyzing the source code of the applications shops are looking to migrate to make sure it is secure, compatible, will perform well, and scale.

Meanwhile the AFORE suite is “targeted at enterprise customers and service providers planning to offer Encryption as a Service (EaaS), helps accelerate customer adoption of the AWS cloud platform by protecting sensitive data. Information once thought to be too critical to process in the cloud can now be encrypted in real time protecting such data against many advanced threats and unauthorized access,’ the company said.

AFORE hopes to protect a range of infrastructure, including Microsoft (News - Alert) SQL Server and SharePoint, VDI-based virtual desktops, and Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS) instances.

451 Research was briefed on the plan and sees it helping companies with compliance.

“With regulatory compliance requirements and cyber surveillance having such a significant impact on data stored in the cloud, key management becomes the critical lynch-pin related to the effectiveness of cloud encryption,” says Peter ffoulkes, Research Director at 451 Research (News - Alert) – “Customers must carefully evaluate who is managing the encryption keys as well as the associated business risk and cost of not having complete control over who can access their data.”

Cloudyn Also Makes AWS Move

Also this week, Israeli-based Cloudyn announced a new AWS-centric platform just for MSPs. Cloudyn MSP helps partners figure out costing and profit margins for their customers.

The company already focuses on optimization and analytics for cloud costing, and believes this expertise can let MSPs launch new services and even make more money on some of the services they already offer.

“Buying in bulk from AWS and then being able to redistribute to customers, with the ability to ensure that margins remain optimal, changes the business model for them. We urge as many MSPs as possible to try out the new platform for free,” said Sharon Wagner, CEO of Cloudyn.

With Cloudyn, MSPs can analyze profitability for individual customers, and visualize the customer’s cloud usage as well.

One partner explains how the Cloudyn tool helps it better exploit Amazon AWS. “Our customers entrust us with managing their cloud deployments and maximizing every penny they spend on AWS,” said David Benson, CEO of DSB Consulting, a Los Angeles based cloud MSP. “By providing a deeper visibility into AWS costs with Cloudyn, we can highlight opportunities for optimizing spend and eliminating wasted cloud resources across all our customers.”




Edited by Ryan Sartor