Compliance of Business Critical Applications in Cloud

One of the major concerns in adopting a Cloud model especially Public/Hybrid is security and Compliance. To address this concern VMware has announced the availability of VMware Compliance Reference Architectures, a group of appliances including application guides and design architectures which are supposed to simplify compliance for business-critical applications in the cloud and are designed to assist customers to develop virtualized infrastructure meeting compliance standards.

The VMware Compliance Reference Architecture for PCI also contains the VMware Solution Guide for PCI and the VMware Architecture Design Guide for PCI, two documents that should explain how to use VMware vCloud Suite and VMware View to develop a cloud infrastructures complying with PCI requirements.

Currently these resources will help with the PCI compliance, VMware will be working on other compliance like Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP), Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) Act and other industry and government compliance standards and are expected to release collateral in rest of 2012 and 2013.

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