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Rüdiger Dorn to present Microsoft's Trusted Cloud Initiative at CloudScape VII


20 Apr 2015 Brussels - At CloudScape VII, held in March 2015 in Brussels,Primeur Magazinehad the opportunity to interview Rüdiger Dorn, Microsoft Cloud Director for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), based in the Seattle headquarters, leading the Microsoft Cloud strategy into the public sector. Microsoft has been part of the CloudScape organization committee over the years. This year, Microsoft participates in two very important aspects of the Cloud being law enforcement, integrating data privacy, and Cloud security. These two aspects are part of a broader initiative that Microsoft has been running for the last 12 to 15 months, the Microsoft Trusted Cloud Initiative.

It all stemmed from the recent events where customers had doubts regarding data security and data privacy, where governments were used to sniffing into Cloud data so Microsoft really wanted to step up in order to improve the trust and confidence of the customers into the Microsoft Cloud services so that they would ultimately be able to justify a purchase and a usage decision to their internal and external stakeholders.

The Trusted Cloud Initiative breaks down into four very important items. The first one is about cybersecurity. Cybersecurity has become critical over the last couple of years. It is not an IT issue anymore. It has come to the top of the concern for CEOs, for policy makers, for politicians because ultimately the health and the future of the businesses can be compromised, the security and stability of a country can be compromised. As such Cloud computing and cybersecurity are two components that really need to go very well together.

From a Microsoft perspective, the company is taking this extremely serious by looking into the encryption of all data that goes into the company's services, into the highest most physical and network security of all the data centres, at the best possible resilience of the services, be it through running multiple instances or geo-dispersed availability of data centres, and through 24 by 7 monitoring of the networks, machines and data centre operations.

Rüdiger Dorn wanted to highlight one significant investment Microsoft has made around the Digital Crimes Unit. It is a specific department that fights cybercrime. Microsoft has a specific group of people who will constantly look at the Internet to find out child exploitation and other digital crimes where they can collaborate with law enforcement agencies and governments around the world to actually bring those criminals down and get them into jail.

The Digital Crimes Unit is a partner to customers and to institutions like the European Union to share threat information and to share information on who may actually try to intrude Cloud systems, whether it is Microsoft Cloud or whether it's a private Cloud or whether it's any Cloud by any service provider, where there are some attack factors and where the company may gain additional knowledge about cybercriminals and develop a strategy about how to effectively battle against them.

Cloud computing is changing the position of Microsoft in that traditional vendor/buyer relationship into a much more strategic partner role where the company believes that it has to put an investment and it is committed to make that investment for the business success of its customers and the long-term success of the public sector entities it collaborates with. Microsoft sees itself as moving away from simply being a license provider into that strategic partner.

The other big component is of course that the company is obliged to deal with the other pillars of trusted Cloud which are data privacy - the work the company does with the article 29 working group in Europe, the work the company does with all the data protection authorities. It is about the compliance work, the certification work, where the company collaborates in ISO institutions where it support ISO 27018 as the next upcoming standard for data centre operations, for data privacy around Cloud computing, where the company really is committed to open standards and to certifications to help and accelerate Cloud adoption.

The second pillar of the Trusted Cloud Initiative is around privacy. This involves all the activities the company does to make sure that customer data in the Microsoft Cloud is kept confidential, is kept secure, and will not be handed over to any third party. It will not be tapped into by Microsoft for any market research, or any reuse. The company also collaborates with the data protection authorities, both on a national level, as well as on the European level.

For the article 29 working group, Microsoft ensures that it gets the recommendation acceptance and the trust by those entities, which it then can use and bring to its customers so that they can sign up to the company's Cloud services.

This would not be possible without certifications and compliance. Rüdiger Dorn really would like to call out the work the company has been doing around ISO 27018, the upcoming next ISO standard for data privacy and Cloud operations. Microsoft is part of the working group and is amongst the first Cloud providers worldwide that is really certified against this upcoming standard. Already, Microsoft customers can obtain an audit report where Microsoft actually assesses its own operations against the ISO standard to see if the company, already now, fully lives up to the upcoming ISO 27018 standard.

As part of this, this all, of course, leads into this whole area of interoperability: how do I get my data back out of the Cloud, how do I bring systems into a bigger environment where Microsoft is one part of. Rüdiger Dorn wanted to focus on a couple of key activities Microsoft has done over the last months and years, starting off with interoperability on platform level on Microsoft Azure.

You can bring your Linux machines into Azure, you can run Oracle on Microsoft Azure, you can run SAP on Microsoft Azure. Microsoft is working very hard with its partners as well as its competitors to make sure that there is interoperability of systems and that the company fully embraces all the developers that exist out in the market.

The open source community is a particular concern to Microsoft. Instead of ignoring them and then have to come back to them and convince them over to Microsoft, the company is now taking a very proactive, open approach by inviting them onto the company's platform, by collaborating with OpenStack and the other OpenStack components in order to build the best systems for the customers that may not only exist in an entire Microsoft stack but where customers can mix and match according to their specific IT strategy.

At the Microsoft Executive Briefing Centre in Brussels, the company can give demos, show the latest set of hardware, work on showcases with all the innovation that Microsoft brings to the market, and get into a more detailed conversation about Cloud security, privacy, interoperability, and all the other aspects that are really critical to successful Cloud adoption in the future.

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Primeur weekly 2015-04-20

Special

Silvana Muscella to look back with satisfaction on a content-rich CloudScape VII event ...

Open standard Intercloud run by industry with global international standard on top of it would be ideal scenario ...

Rüdiger Dorn to present Microsoft's Trusted Cloud Initiative at CloudScape VII ...

The Cloud

ISC Cloud & Big Data keynote will recount bank's path into Cloud computing ...

Say it loud - it's fog and it's Cloud ...

IBM and partners to transform personal health with Watson and Open Cloud ...

Ministry of Health Brazil deploys Oracle Healthcare Master Person Index to improve health data interoperability ...

Desktop Grids

Alantu seeks beta testers ...

DENIS@Home to join BOINC ...

EuroFlash

RSC Group has deployed a massively parallel MVS-10P MP supercomputer based on RSC PetaStream architecture and the highest-performing Intel Xeon Phi 7120D at JSCC RAS ...

CoolIT Systems selected to host Birds-of-a-Feather (BoF) session at ISC 2015 in Frankfurt ...

PRACE Preparatory Access completes 20th cut-off with strong participation of industry ...

We-NMR cluster at Utrecht Bijvoet Center accommodated into Life Science Grid ...

CHAIN-REDS paves way for global e-Infrastructure ecosystem for researchers ...

USFlash

Intel Enterprise Edition for Lustre 2.2 launched ...

Storage boost at the National Computational Infrastructure in Australia ...

CASC announces new Director ...

OLCF selects application readiness projects to prepare for next-generation Summit supercomputer ...

Researchers to Tap NVLink to Power Next-Gen Research on Summit Supercomputer - ...

Computer-designed Rocker protein world's first to biomimic ion transport ...

For Big Data researchers, network and compute capabilities are lynchpin to success ...

Ultra-high-speed broadband bolsters UConn research ...

NIST tightens the bounds on the quantum information 'speed limit' ...

Electrical control of quantum bits in silicon paves the way to large quantum computers ...

Quantum cryptography at the speed of light: Researchers design first all-photonic repeaters ...