Defense in Depth: Authentication and Authorization

VirtualizationSecurityOn the 7/29 Virtualization Security podcast we continued our discussions on defense in depth. We discussed authentication and authorization with IdentityLogix. IdentityLogix provides a unique solution that correlates users and groups against VMware vSphere’s own role based access control stores. In other words, IdentityLogix can identify if a user or group within active directory has more access to VMware vSphere’s management tools than they were intended to be allowed based not only on the user’s username but on the groups in which the user belongs. Why is this important to know? Continue reading Defense in Depth: Authentication and Authorization

Return on Agility and the Cloud

Stopwatch Image of AgilityAmazon’s CTO Werner Vogel recently posted about the challenge of choosing the right metrics for cloud computing. He begins with the following observation where he introduces the idea of Return on Agility:Stopwatch Image

“In the many meetings with customers in which I have done a deep dive on their architecture and applications to help them create an accurate cost picture, I have observed two common patterns: 1) It is hard for customers to come to an accurate Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) calculation of an on-premise installation and 2) they struggle with how to account for the “Return on Agility”; the fact that they are now able to pursue business opportunities much faster at much lower costs points than before.” Continue reading Return on Agility and the Cloud

News: ExtraHop Networks and Splunk Partner and Integrate their Solutions

VirtualizationManagementIconAt VMworld 2012, VMware announced the vCloud Suite, two editions of which (Advanced and Enterprise) include vCenter Operations. VMware has therefore now signaled that monitoring at the operations level is just a feature of a larger suite. Prior to VMworld, VMware also announced that it had acquired the Log Insight technology and team from Pattern Insight.  While nothing was said at VMworld about the future integration of Log Insight into vCenter Operations, one has to make the reasonable assumption that this will occur. VMware also said nothing about integrating its APM solution (vFabric APM) into the suites, but we have to also make reasonable assumptions that this is a matter of when and not if. Now ExtraHop Networks and Splunk have partnered to create an entirely different kind of suite.

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VMware Poised to Accelerate OpenStack Adoption

OpenStack LogoLast week’s inaugural board meeting of the new OpenStack Foundation signaled a change in the organization as Rackspace the driving force behind OpenStack handed control to the newly formed board. Allen Clark director of SUSE was appointed chairman, with Lew Tucker Cisco’s VP and CTO of cloud joining the board as Vice Chairman. Members of the OpenStack community who had voiced concerns that OpenStack’s founder Rackspace’s had too much control over the project should be please by these appointments which are seen as key to establishing OpenStack’s bona fides. Continue reading VMware Poised to Accelerate OpenStack Adoption