The hybrid cloud has 100s if not 1000s of APIs in use at any time. API security therefore becomes a crucial part of any hybrid cloud environment. There are only so many ways to secure an API: we can limit its access, check the commands, encrypt the data transfer, employ API-level role-based access controls, ensure we use strong authentication, etc. However, it mostly boils down to depending on the API itself to be secure, because while we can do many things on the front end, there is a chance that once the commands and actions reach the other end (cloud or datacenter), the security could be suspect. So how do we implement API security within the hybrid cloud today? Continue reading API Security within the Hybrid Cloud
There were two announcements over the last few days that struck me as quite important to the virtualization community. While some may question this statement, the long reaching effects of these purchases will impact virtualization and cloud computing in not so distant future. In fact, these purchases could add a whole new layer to vSphere as we know it today. Which for VMware is a good thing. They need to continue to innovate to stay ahead of the pack. The purchases I talk about are:
- VMware purchasing/taking over control of EMC Mozy
- RSA purchasing NetWitness Continue reading Acquisitions by VMware and RSA Changing the Landscape
Since publishing VMware vSphere and Virtual Infrastructure Security: Securing the Virtual Environment, I have continued to consider aspects of Digital Forensics and how current methodologies would be impacted by the cloud. My use case for this is 40,000 VMs with 512 Servers and roughly 1000 tenants. What I would consider a medium size fully functioning cloud built upon virtualization technology where the environment is agile through the use of storage and VM vMotion or Live Migrations. The cloud would furthermore contain roughly 64TBs of disk across multiple storage technologies and 48TBs of memory. Now if you do not believe environment like this exist today, this was the size of the datacenter servicing VMworld 2009, This monster was on display just as you came down the escalators from the main entrance into the keynote sessions.
Now there are several issues with Digital Forensics within the cloud and therefore with any virtual environment. They are:
- The acquisition of data within the cloud Continue reading Virtualization Forensics: How different is it?