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Amazon's EC2 cloud service allows for PCI-compliant transactions

by Scott Priest, Managing Editor

December 14, 2010

One of the big concerns with cloud computing is security. For companies considering using cloud computing in selling their products, this is even more of a concern due to the regulations they already must meet, such as PCI compliance.

Amazon received good news in this area today, as its EC2 service is now PCI compliant.

Amazon Web Services says it is now capable of running Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliant transactions in its cloud infrastructure. The infrastructure is not merely a test-bed or demonstration architecture. It's been certified by a third-party auditor.

"Merchants and other service providers can now run their applications on AWS technology infrastructure to store, process, and transmit credit card information" in Amazon's EC2 cloud, said the company. AWS did not provide details on the nature of its PCI-compliant infrastructure or what customers would do differently to access it. But it said it had been audited and certified by Qualified Security Assessor, a PCI auditor, as meeting Level 1 PCI compliance.

One of our SAP Experts publications, SAP Professional Journal, recently covered how companies could use Amazon's EC2 platform to run their SAP systems. If you're not a subscriber, you can see an excerpt of the article: "Securely Run SAP Systems in the Cloud with Amazon’s EC2 Platform and Simple Storage Service." If you are a subscriber, simply log in to read the rest. 

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