Compliance is another issue a cloud shopper may want to keep in mind when choosing a nimbus provider, although for some heavily regulated industries, that issue will put a third-party cloud out of their reach.
"Mandates of things like PCI, HIPAA and FISMA require controls all the way up and down the stack," Chiu said. "That level of control and visibility is not enabled, so far, by cloud providers in their environments."
"That keeps a lot of companies from considering the cloud," he added.
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