Logicworks Launches The Compliant Cloud

Logicworks Launches The Compliant Cloud

The First Cloud-Computing Service Capable of Enterprise-Level Security and Compliance

New York June 3, 2010 Logicworks, a New York-based cloud-computing provider, announces the launch of Compliant Cloud, the first private cloud service capable of enterprise-level security and compliance. Compliant Cloud is a breakthrough for businesses looking to take advantage of the flexibility and efficiency of cloud-computing without sacrificing the security of traditional in-house IT operations.

Logicworks Compliant Cloud provides a full range of solutions including; PCI for e-commerce, SAS-70 and Sarbanes-Oxley required for internal systems at public companies, HIPAA for healthcare applications, Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) for government projects and safe harbor for European Union projects hosted in the United States.

Logicworks has been a popular choice for demanding infrastructure hosting projects for 17 years, and has a client base that includes Dow Jones, Major League Baseball Advanced Media, NBC Universal, Hearst Corporation, Starwood Hotels, nextEMR, and Wealth Management Systems. Logicworks' careful focus on sophisticated projects with complex technology requirements lead to their unique approach to cloud-computing.

We looked at how the internal IT departments of Fortune 500 companies were approaching cloud-computing and decided to offer a similar approach for our enterprise clientele, a fully dedicated VMware environment with managed security features designed to meet the most stringent auditing and compliance standards, said Logicworks President and COO Kenneth Ziegler. An average Compliant Cloud customer will save between twenty and forty percent on its total IT operations spend and increase labor efficiency by taking advantage of Logicworks' managed services. This is all accomplished without the capital expenditure associated with building in-house or collocated infrastructures. Logicworks also wraps these capabilities in a 100% uptime Service-Level Agreement for mission-critical applications."

The Compliant Cloud mimics a full in-house virtualization deployment by including all the building blocks of enterprise architecture. Standard features include dedicated VMware ESX cloud processing and storage equipment, separation of confidential data onto independent networks in a demilitarized zone (DMZ), and advanced monitoring services like Intrusion Detection and Prevention Systems (IDS / IPS). Storage and archiving of logs for security incidents are included, as well as data warehousing.

There is an expectation in the industry that moving to the cloud means sacrificing a certain level of service and capabilities, Ziegler added. Our goal is not just to dispel that assumption, but to reverse it. By keeping a razor sharp focus on our sophisticated group of clients and providing them with world-class facilities, support, and expertise, we can in fact surpass the experience of any in-house server infrastructure.

2009 was the most challenging year for CIOs in the corporate and public sectors as they faced multiple budget cuts, delayed spending and increased demand for services with reduced resources, said to Mark McDonald, Group Vice President and Head of Research for Gartner. This is set to change in 2010, as the economy transitions from recession to recovery and enterprises transition their strategies from cost-cutting efficiency to value-creating productivity.

Logicworks is banking on the accuracy of Gartner's prediction and has positioned The Compliant Cloud to capitalize on this trend.

*Gartner Press Release, Gartner EXP Worldwide Survey of Nearly 1,600 CIOs Shows IT Budgets in 2010 to be at 2005 Levels, January 19, 2010. http://www.gartner.com/it/page.jsp?id=1283413