Hosted private clouds are the way forward for ecommerce businesses
Everywhere you look today there is a new and innovative online business starting up somewhere on the globe. Driven by tech savvy entrepreneurs who are quickly becoming the new breed of payment gateways and payment application providers. As amazing as it sounds starting a business in ecommerce does come with its unique set of challenges. For any online business reliability and scalability will be paramount to their success.
If you’re just getting started in the ecommerce game you will be watching your investments very carefully and rightly so, but on the other hand you will still need to invest in the right infrastructure solution that will allow you to grow as demand increases. This is the big underlying question that any ecommerce business needs to come to terms to. How do I effectively plan for my entire operation to experience a complete unknown amount of growth over a complete unknown timescale? And then there is the question of PCI Compliance. How do I achieve this in the shortest amount of time possible?
Hosted Private Clouds have been a very effective way of building an environment that can achieve PCI Compliance and at the same time be rapidly scaled utilising our chosen virtualisation platform VMware. As the web is so highly unpredictable most of the time you are left with little time to react to changes in traffic and workload on your backend servers. And the last thing you want is you site going down because it can’t handle the spikes in traffic and your customers go elsewhere and make their purchases.
PCI Compliance is one of those areas which can be very daunting, especially if you get fed misinformation along the way as to which PCI standards you need to adhere to. The internet is a great resource for finding things like self-assessment forms and other documentation that will help you better understand what you need to do. My advice would be to consult a QSA as early on in the process as you can, as they can dispel any myths you might have been fed by vendors out there touting PCI Compliance.
Achieving Level 1 PCI Compliance is not exactly a walk in Green Park, Netplan has undergone rigorous infrastructure audits and an ungodly number of training hours to achieve its Level 1 PCI Certification from VISA.