Cloud Computing

Cloud computing is a colloquial expression used to describe a variety of computing concepts involving a large number of computers that have real-time connection through the Internet. 1

While cloud computing is a term lacking a commonly accepted scientific or technical definition, it is generally sufficient to say the “cloud” – privately owned servers where you keep your data or access applications – delivers computing and software as a service. You probably use email, websites, social media, online storage and web application services, or online tools like CRMs. This means you are already connected to the cloud.

So as long as a business process or software service is provided from someone else’s server or infrastructure, it is safe to say that cloud computing is involved. More importantly, it’s changing the way we consume, share, and protect digital information because it makes access to information and computing power easier, faster, and more affordable.

Cloud computing services provide companies the benefits of having numerous servers with none of the hassle. Keeping servers up and running smoothly is left to the service providers. It allows organizations with limited resources to store critical data or leverage considerable computing power without purchasing additional software and hardware. Cloud computing not only reduces overhead costs but also allows you to focus your resources on areas that need them most.

As for productivity, cloud computing solutions not only streamline critical processes but also improve productivity by:

  • Harnessing the power of top-of-the-line servers, programs, and antivirus technologies
  • Keeping data accessible even if devices fail, are destroyed, or get stolen
  • Allowing users to access, handle, and work with even large amounts of data wherever they are

Trend Micro itself was an early antivirus and cloud computing pioneer with the development of the Smart Protection Network cloud data mining framework. First we implemented a cloud-based email reputation collection and correlation database. This was soon expanded to include web reputation checking, and later file reputation, to create a triad of global threat intelligence correlation.

By providing more complete threat intelligence, faster threat detection and blocking, and smaller pattern file updates, Smart Protection Network has proved the efficacy of cloud-based protection for overcoming the volume and complexity of today’s threats.

While delivering security from the cloud, we also took an active role in advancing antivirus software security technologies for the cloud. As an early adopter of virtualization and cloud computing, we gained a clear understanding of the challenge of extending threat protection into emerging cloud environments, resulting in product innovations that lead the industry and continue to evolve.

Trend Micro seeks to secure your journey to the cloud with smart, simple, security that fits. Deep Security™ protects data in the cloud and validates server access, while SecureCloud™ provides encrypted data protection in the shared resource environment of the cloud.

1 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cloud_computing