The Service Design paper discusses private cloud security from the design perspective, offers guidance for creating a security design for a private cloud, and discussesimage some of the design decisions you will have to make. In some areas, this paper discusses specific products in relation to the security design, but many of the decisions organizations must make will use similar criteria in environments that use alternative products.

The overall focus of this paper is on private cloud security and the special considerations that these environments bring. Hence, this content covers only the differences between private cloud security and traditional data center security, rather than the entire security domain. This paper focuses on what is new and different in private cloud security by referring to the key cloud attributes identified by NIST:

  • Broad network access
  • Resource pooling
  • On-demand self-service
  • Rapid elasticity
  • Measured services

The relative importance of these attributes will be different in a private cloud as compared to a public cloud, but all five will have some impact on your security design.

Aim of this Paper

The aim of this paper is to help you create an effective security design for an enterprise private cloud infrastructure. The overall approach is to be product and technology agnostic, but in some places, this paper will refer to the way in which Microsoft technologies can be an integral part of the private cloud security design.

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The Design Guide for A Solution for Private Cloud Security contains two major sections:

Private Cloud Security Design Principles

Private Cloud Security Challenges



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