Cloud Computing

Cloud Computing focuses upon how to construct, secure, manage, monitor and use public IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS clouds. Major areas of focus include barriers to cloud adoption, progress on the part of cloud vendors in removing those barriers, where the line of responsibility is drawn between the cloud vendor and the customer for each of IaaS, PaaS and SaaS clouds,|as well as the management tools that are essential to deploy in the cloud, ensure security in the cloud and ensure the performance of applications running in the cloud. Covered vendors include Amazon, VMware, AFORE, CloudSidekick, CloudPhysics, ElasticBox, Hotlink, New Relic, Prelert, Puppet Labs and Virtustream.

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Is an Open Source Approach to Virtualization Management in VMware’s Future?

June 22, 2010
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VMware has already demonstrated a penchant for using open source technologies to fundamentally disrupt the value propositions for the products from competing vendors in the systems software and applications platform businesses. This has put the operating systems businesses at Microsoft and Red Hat, and the applications platform businesses at Microsoft, Red Hat, IBM and Oracle…

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Eucalyptus 2.0, and the stalled debate on Cloud API Standards

June 21, 2010
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We've been following Eucalyptus over a series of posts, and recently seen the company strengthen its management team with the appointment of new CEO Marten Mickos the (only) ex-CEO of MySQL. This week they have released a new version of the Eucalyptus product, Version 2.0. which carries some of his strategy, particularly in putting clear…

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Risky Social Behaviors akin to Multi-Tenancy Risks

June 17, 2010
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Can we use some of this Risky Social Behaviors post to aid us in finding an adequate definition for secure multi-tenancy? Perhaps more to the point it can define how we look at multi-tenancy today. On a recent VMware Communities podcast we were told two things that seem contradictory to current security thinking. The first…

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vSphere 4 – now with free SUSE Linux

June 15, 2010
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I you buy vSphere 4 (or 4.1) after June 9th, you get a free copy of SLES to run on any CPU on which you have a valid license for vSphere. This lines up SLES on vSphere alongside Windows on Hyper-v, in both cases the O/S and the hypervisor are supplied under the same license.…

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If the Virtualization Security Products had no Firewall?

June 10, 2010
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The security companies are looking into all aspects of virtual environment introspection to label, tag, or mark all objects for compliance reasons, inspect the contents of virtual machines for asset management (CMDB), and an early form of Root Kit detection. Virtualization Security is not just about the firewall, it is about the entire ecosystem, auditing,…

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To Cloud or not to Cloud, Better Yet, What is a Cloud?

June 9, 2010
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While doing a quick Google search to find what a Cloud is, I have found several different definitions which depend on which vendor site you pull up. One thing is for sure despite the frequent use of the term, it still means different things to different people and or companies. For my reference point I…

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Defining Tenants for Secure Multi-Tenancy for the Cloud

June 1, 2010
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The panel of the Virtualization Security Podcast on 5/27/2010 was joined by an attorney specializing in the Internet space. David Snead spoke at InfoSec and made it clear that there was more to secure multi-tenancy than one would imagine. The first question was "how would you define tenant?" which I believe is core to the…

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Reinventing Infrastructure Performance Monitoring for the Cloud

May 25, 2010
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Cloud Performance Management needs to evolve and allow cloud vendors to provide their customers a customer specific Infrastructure Response Time metric. This in conjunction with cloud aware Applications Performance Management solutions is needed in order for customers to feel comfortable putting business critical applications in the cloud.

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VMware Spring + Google: Dramatic PaaS Progress and New SMT Concerns

May 21, 2010
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Java based applications can now be moved between not only a SpringSource TC-Server Java platform on VMware vSphere, but also between the same platform on VMForce, and now Google AppEngine. This level of support from VMware, Salesforce.com, and now Google is starting to make SpringSource look like the early leading technology for PaaS Clouds. This…

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