Improving PaaS Security: Get your Developers Involved

The 6/16 Virtualization Security Podcast started as a twitter conversation with a comment about PaaS Security where James Urquhart, Krishnan Subramanian, Rich Miller, and myself went back and forth about PaaS security and the role of the developer. It was not quite a DevOps conversation but pretty close. Rich could not join us on this Podcast but hopefully will make a future one. PaaS security appears to be dependent on two things, the provider’s security, and how it is used. Continue reading Improving PaaS Security: Get your Developers Involved

Xen Founders Leave Citrix to Tackle Cloud Security Woes

At Citrix Synergy 2011 in San Francisco, last month, Simon Crosby made the case that the biggest barrier to the adoption of service-provider offered cloud services is the understandable lack of trust on the part of enterprise customers. Well it looks as if he and fellow Xen luminary Ian Pratt have decided to do something about that lack of trust and are moving on from Citrix to address the problem at its source. Ian and Simon announced today that they are both leaving Citrix and taking key roles along with with Gaurav Banga (the creator of Phoenix Hyperspace) as co-founders of cloud security start-up Bromium. Continue reading Xen Founders Leave Citrix to Tackle Cloud Security Woes

Get Your OS from VMware: Mobile Virtualization Platform

As a delegate for Tech Field Day 6 in Boston, I was introduced to VMware’s Mobile Virtualization Platform  (MVP) which allows you to have a single hardened VM running within, currently, very few Android-based devices, as such requires a version of Android from VMware for the virtual machine aspect of MVP. The first version of MVP has several interesting security solutions to various security issues. Given the current spat of Android based malware, it is important to consider the security features of any new product whether it is a version 1.0 or not. Even with these issues, MVP has some very interesting uses outside the realm of a mobile phone platform. I can see this being used on tablets as well. Continue reading Get Your OS from VMware: Mobile Virtualization Platform

Dell a Virtualization Management Leader?

In July 2010, Dell acquired Scalent a vendor that allowed for the rapid provisioning and reconfiguration of server, network and storage resources. This was clearly an IT agility play. In September 2010, Dell did an OEM deal with DynamicOPS adding the DynamicOPS private cloud (or IT as a Service) management stack to its Virtual Integrated System (VIS) architecture. Now Dell has done a similar deal with Netuitive, adding direct monitoring of vSphere, integration with just about every monitoring tool on the planet, and real-time self-learning analytics to the VIS portfolio. Continue reading Dell a Virtualization Management Leader?

Take it to the Cloud

Everywhere you look you hear more and more about cloud computing as well as one of my favorite lines from a Microsoft commercial “Let’s take it to the Cloud…”.  Companies are jumping on the cloud bandwagon in quite a big way.  I wanted to point out and mention some stories and services that I am using personally and am having good success with.

Apple has done quite well serving up the AppStore and iTunes for the mobile devices and Apple has recently announced that it was discontinuing MobileMe and replacing the service with iCloud.  It can go without saying that this has been an invaluable tool for use with my iPhone and iPad. Continue reading Take it to the Cloud

Microsoft relaxes licensing rules to elevate its customers to the cloud

Microsoft is making changes to its licensing policies to provide enterprise customers with a fast track to the cloud. The changes dubbed “License Mobility” announced at the Microsoft Hosting Summit in March this year,will move will allow customers with Software Assurance to move their applications to a cloud services provider without paying a premium for the added flexibility this will bring.

The changes which are due to take effect on July 1 this year should benefit Microsoft, its customers, and cloud service providers equally.  Continue reading Microsoft relaxes licensing rules to elevate its customers to the cloud

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