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I was recently attending a cloud conference and had the chance to talk to several of the key technology vendors that were in attendance. One of the major vendors seems to be working closely with just about everyone in the cloud and virtualization space, and it made me question what kind of benefits to solution providers and other vendors these types of relationships provide. Suddenly the main cloud players are building partnerships to develop solutions for attached security, storage, asset management, performance monitoring and other operational technologies within virtual environments. But what benefit is there to have such tight integration with one or two key cloud platform vendors? Continue reading

Nothing shocks me–I’m a scientist!

I received a few emails looking for more information on how to start mapping their virtual and cloud environments to different compliance standards without starting to invest in security solutions. A free check-up if you will. Since this falls right in line with what I am hoping to get virtualization folks to start thinking about, you can think of this as a modification of Technology Tuesday, let’s call it Woohoo! Wednesday. The key is that it is indeed worthy of that exclamation mark because this compliance tool is not only free, but if you’re running a VMware environment, you probably have it already, you just don’t know it. Continue reading

Bio-digital jazz, man

So it’s Tuesday, and keeping in our theme of “Compliance: things that keep me up at night”, I am happy to highlight a great company that sadly not a lot of people outside us die-hard virtualization security fans know about, Catbird Networks. When it comes to compliance, Catbird is a pretty good place to start, and makes it really quite easy to get an ongoing idea of where your environment stands as it relates to compliance requirements. This is important, because the earlier you can start to see how your environment is shaping up in meeting compliance requirements, the easier it is down the road to ensure that as new systems are deployed, they don’t negatively affect your compliance posture. Continue reading

 I was expecting applause but I suppose stunned silence is equally appropriate.

As part of my new series “Technology Tuesdays”, I’m going to dedicate these posts to highlighting some of the lesser known but equally awesome technologies that relate to cloud and virtualization.  One of my latest and favorite virtualization goodies to come out in 2011 has to be VMware Horizon for Mobile.  What is Horizon?  Well, to quote the VMware folks directly:

Horizon Mobile Manager is a product that will allow enterprise IT administrators to create, provision, monitor and manage a corporate phone that will be running on an employee-owned smart phone. “

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What Happens In The Cloud, Stays In The Cloud

When looking at how virtualization and cloud have changed traditional security, a lot of it has to do with visibility.  Until recently, security was focused on physical controls and visibility into the network, and so solutions were designed to sit on the perimeter or in-line with the network.  Intrusion detection and prevention is delivered through in-line IPS and next generation firewalls that feed Security Information Event Managers (SIEMs or SEMs) which logs the traffic and notes any discrepancies based on the policies and controls that the SIEM device was tuned to watch for.  This is standard practice in all IT shops, but what changes with virtualization? Continue reading

Change the scheme! Alter the mood! Electrify the boys and girls if you would be so kind.

I was hoping to get through a few weeks of not highlighting specific products, as it’s really not my intention to promote one solution over another.  The reason I wanted to highlight this particular solution is that I think it is one of those ideas that really changes the way organizations operate, while allowing the rest of the company to take some of the cost off the IT department. And what is this game-changing solution?  VMware’s vCenter Chargeback Manager.  So what is it exactly? Continue reading