In the world of cloud computing, organizations play many different roles: cloud service customer, cloud service provider, cloud service partner, and cloud service broker. In this video, Mike Chapple explores these roles.
- [Narrator] In the world of Cloud computing, people and organizations take on different roles and responsibilities. As a Cloud security professional, it's important that you understand these different roles. The two primary roles in the world of Cloud computing are those of the Cloud service provider, and the customer. The Cloud service provider is the business that offers Cloud computing services for sale to third parties. The Cloud service provider is responsible for building and maintaining their service offerings. They may do this by creating their own physical infrastructure, or they might outsource portions of their infrastructure to other Cloud service providers. In that case, the Cloud service provider is also a Cloud customer. Customers are the consumers of Cloud computing services. They use Cloud services as the infrastructure, platforms, and/or applications that help them run their own businesses. The relationship between the Cloud service provider and the customer may vary, depending upon the nature, importance, and cost of the service. A customer may never interact with employees at a Cloud provider, purchasing services only on a self-service basis. Or a Cloud provider may have dedicated account representatives who help manage the relationships with different customers. Cloud service partners play another important role in the Cloud ecosystem. These are third-party companies who offer some product or service that interacts with the primary offerings of a Cloud service provider. For example, a Cloud service partner might assist a company in implementing a Cloud application, or they might offer a security monitoring service that provides operational assistance when using a Cloud infrastructure product. Large Cloud service providers commonly have a certification program that designates third-party vendors as official partners. For example, here's a page that contains information on official partners of Amazon Web Services. Similarly, Salesforce has a consulting partner program designed to help organizations get up and running with Salesforce. Partners play an important role in many Cloud service implementations. Finally, the last role that we'll discuss is that of the Cloud access security broker, or CASB. These are Cloud service providers who offer a managed identity and access management service to Cloud Customers that integrates security requirements across Cloud services. We'll talk more about Cloud access security brokers later in this series of courses.
- Cloud computing roles
- Benefits and drivers of cloud computing
- Cloud storage
- Cloud networking
- Cloud reference architecture
- Security and privacy in the cloud
- Emerging cloud-based technologies
- Evaluating cloud service providers