A recent article in Government Computer News, Agencies push for open standards across cloud services, addressed the problems being posed by lack of industry standards for workloads across multiple clouds.

The article was generated from discussions at a MeriTalk government cloud event where industry leaders acknowledge that while agencies are adopting a growing range of cloud solutions, more-robust open standards would better support hybrid clouds and integrate cross-vendor workflows.

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It went on to point out that standards that could allow different cloud environments, such as AWS, GitHub and Azure, to talk to each other would remove the need to set up a non-scalable VPN concentrator to manage communications among various virtual private network nodes. It also noted that such new standards would also facilitate development of proprietary new SaaS and PaaS solutions.

What the article did not say is that, since these new standards do not yet exist, there are other new, highly agile, alternative solutions such as—Software Defined Perimeters (SDPs). The SDP is a security solution that is connection-based and application-centric allowing a far more scalable approach.

The industry first open source reference implementation of SDP was developed by Waverley Labs and is now available to the public.  The reference architecture and repository can be accessed and downloaded here.

For more information, check out this white paper on Software Defined Perimeters.