Virtualization Security Strategy from VMworld 2010

Virtualization Security was one of the BIG Deals at VMworld with several announcements:

  • VMware vShield Edge, App, and End Point
  • Trend Micro will have the first product making use of vShield End Point
  • Cisco Virtual Security Gateway (VSG)
  • HyTrust and their growing list of technology partners

But the biggest news is that Virtualization Security is finally on the radar of most if not all C-level as it is now seen as the gate to entering the cloud. But before we can solve the cloud security issue we have to solve the virtualization security issues. VMware’s announcement has the most impact on the virtualization security ecosystem. At once they are competing head-to-head with some vendors while providing a platform to use for other vendors.

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VMware’s Systems Management Strategy – VMworld Update

For quite some time VMware has been letting it known that it intends to be a management software vendor on top of its own virtualization platform. In fact VMware has already taken a series of steps that prove that management is not just an intention, but will be a strategy fulfilled with product deliveries. These actions include buying B-hive and delivering the resulting AppSpeed product, buying the four management products from EMC/Ionix which resulted in Configuration Manager, Application Discovery Manager, and Service Manager (Fastscale seems to have gotten lost in the shuffle), developing and delivering CapacityIQ, buying SpringSource with which came Hyperic and integrating it into vCenter, and delivering Chargeback.

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VMware vShield 4.1, not for the SMB

I wonder how many of us remember when VMware bought BlueLane and their technology,  good things were promised,  we saw the first part with the release of vSphere when they introduced vShield Zones.  This was a “Free” product for those of you that had any version above Advanced vSphere and to be fair for a 1.0 release was a nice weapon to have in your armoury when dealing with Security during a design and implementation phase.

At VMworld 2010 San Francisco VMware announced and released the expanded and improved vShield family of products. it however now a costed product, now the good news is that vShield Zones been not been removed from the vSphere suite, and are still “Free” the the correctly licensed level of vSphere.

A quick synopsis of the products, the technology has been split into three products these being:

VMware positions for the future around vFabric and vCloud

Two of the most significant announcements involved the consolidation of  VMware’s recent acquisitions in the applications platform space into vFabric and the addition of a management offering (vCloud Director) to vCloud which are respectively PaaS and IaaS plays that compete feature-wise with the established market leaders.

vFabric

In VMworld from an Open Source Perspective, we mentioned that in its SpringSource subsidiary, VMware had managed to acquire an entire application stack.  The big VMworld announcement was they’ve given this a name – vFabric.  You can tell it’s a core VMware product – it begins with a small “v”. Continue reading VMware positions for the future around vFabric and vCloud

VMworld: Security Buzz

Nearly everyone I talked to at VMworld was buzzing in some form about Virtualization Security. Everyone has picked up on the pre-show and show buzz from VMware, Trend Micro, HyTrust, and every other security vendor.  There have been announcements about security, keynote sessions that include security, and more than a few sessions about security.

This is also arguably the first VMworld where there are a large number of Virtualization Security sessions and panels have not been entirely from VMware. I find involving the industry as they have at VMworld moves forward the entire virtualization security ecosystem. Continue reading VMworld: Security Buzz

The Big VMware Announcements at VMworld

VMware Announces the vFabric Cloud Applications Platform

VMware vFabric™ cloud application platform combines the market-leading Spring Java development framework with platform services including lightweight application server, global data management, cloud-ready messaging, dynamic load balancing and application performance management. Applications built on VMware vFabric provide performance and portability across heterogeneous cloud environments. Continue reading The Big VMware Announcements at VMworld