Dave Asprey in
Dec 11th, 2012 |
VDI has come a long way since its origins in 2005 and 2006. When I ran strategic planning for a large virtualization vendor in 2006, analysts declared it to be “the year of VDI.” However, for several years after, it seemed that large scale deployments were always just out of reach for most enterprises because of performance and scale issues.
All that has changed. VDI is finally happening at scale across a variety of industries. The early adopters selected VDI because they were concerned about data security. The early VDI solutions originally had a higher operational cost than running desktops....
Dave Asprey in
Ambient Cloud, DataCenter, public cloud
Nov 27th, 2012 |
It’s really interesting to see that the Pirate Bay just found a new reason to get rid of its physical servers in exchange for moving to the cloud. Sure, lots of companies have made the move from physical servers to virtual servers to cloud, but it’s ironic that The Pirate Bay is inadvertently leading the charge towards more resilient cloud computing. The new architecture of The Pirate Bay is a highly variable cloud environment that looks more like an ambient cloud, or at least a distributed cloud, than a centralized cloud.
The history of the cloud has taught us that things on the fringe...
Erica Benton in
Cloud, Cloud-based Security
Nov 12th, 2012 |
Virtualization and transitioning to the cloud create new challenges for organizations in order to secure the data centers unique to these environments. A recent survey, conducted by IDG Research Services, showed that IT professionals are concerned about deploying traditional security products in virtualized data centers for a variety of reasons:
Want detail on the full results? Read the whitepaper here.
What are your biggest concerns about transitioning to the cloud? Let us know in the comments below.
Christine Drake in
Cloud, Cyber crime, DataCenter, hybrid-cloud, IaaS, PaaS, private cloud, public cloud, SaaS, Secure Data Centers, Securing the Cloud, Security, Threats, Threats from the Cloud, Virtualization
Sep 8th, 2011 |
We often hear that security and privacy concerns are the main inhibitors to cloud adoption. But what are the true threats? Is the cloud really more dangerous than your on-site data center? I would say that virtualization and cloud computing aren’t inherently more dangerous, but they have unique infrastructure that must be addressed when creating a security foundation.
There are similar attacks across physical, virtual, and cloud infrastructures—data-stealing malware, web threats, spam, phishing, bots, etc. So many companies are tempted to deploy their security for dedicated physical...
Christine Drake in
Cloud, DataCenter, Deep Security, private cloud, Secure Data Centers, Securing the Cloud, Virtualization, VMware
Aug 30th, 2011 |
In my last blog post, I discussed some of the benefits of agentless security for virtual and private cloud servers. Today at VMworld, Harish Agastya, Director of Data Center Security at Trend Micro, conducted a presentation on Agentless Security for VMware Environments (listed on the Trend Micro VMworld page). Trend Micro released agentless antivirus in Deep Security at last year’s VMworld and has seen impressive results over the last year. With such success, today Trend Micro announced an extension of its agentless security with new agentless file integrity monitoring (FIM) in Deep Security...
Bharath Chandrasekhar in
Cloud, Cloud-based Security, DataCenter, private cloud, public cloud, Secure Data Centers, Securing the Cloud, Security
May 11th, 2011 |
How difficult is it to run a public cloud service?
As all of us know, Amazon Web Services (AWS) experienced an outage on 21-Apr-2011 and that lasted for almost 4 days. Quite a lot of companies were affected and you can find the list here. The Internet was flooded with articles speculating what went wrong, whether cloud computing is viable in the long run, how Amazon services did not function as advertised, how the applications should be built, etc. While most offered their opinion in broad strokes such as “use multiple regions/clouds”, “use built-in redundancy”, “don’t use public clouds”,...
Christine Drake in
Cloud, Cloud-based Security, DataCenter, public cloud, Secure Data Centers, Securing the Cloud, Security
Apr 27th, 2011 |
Last Thursday, April 21, 2011 Amazon Web Services Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) had an outage that impacted multiple Availability Zones. Thursday morning, Amazon issued a status update indicating that the outage was based on problems with replication mirroring: “This re-mirroring created a shortage of capacity in one of the US-EAST-1 Availability Zones, which impacted new EBS volume creation as well as the pace with which we could re-mirror and recover affected EBS volumes. Additionally, one of our internal control planes for EBS has become inundated such that it’s difficult to create new...
Greg Boyle in
Cloud, Cloud-based Security, DataCenter, hybrid-cloud, IaaS, PaaS, Privacy, Compliance and Identity, private cloud, public cloud, SaaS, Secure Data Centers, Securing the Cloud, Security, Smart Protection Network, Threats, Threats from the Cloud, Virtualization
Apr 20th, 2011 |
The Small Business Journey to the Cloud is Actually a Round Trip
By Greg Boyle, Trend Micro Global Product Marketing Manager
Many small businesses are still uncertain about cloud computing. They wonder if it can help with their profitability without being extremely risky. Let’s start by defining cloud computing in small business terms. There are two commonly agreed upon types of cloud computing: 1) software-as-a-service and 2) infrastructure-as-a-service.
Software-as-a-service (SaaS) is cloud computing where the software you would normally install on your computers in the office is instead...
Justin Foster in
Cloud, DataCenter, IaaS, PaaS, Secure Data Centers, Securing the Cloud, Virtualization
Apr 18th, 2011 |
Not long ago, we set out on a mission to perform a full scalability test on one of our products (Trend Micro Deep Security). After some quick, back-of-the-napkin calculations we discovered that we needed somewhere in the order of 35 Dell 710′s with virtualization to complete our test. Finding that many available servers is a tall order for any company, and buying that many servers for a month long test was completely out of the question (try asking your managers for 35 servers and see how pale they go!).
Naturally we turned to the cloud to help us out. Amazon Web Services (AWS) was a good...
Dave Asprey in
Cloud, Cloud-based Security, cloudbursting, DataCenter, hybrid-cloud, IaaS, private cloud, public cloud, Secure Data Centers, Securing the Cloud, Security, Smart Protection Network, Virtualization
Mar 28th, 2011 |
Amazon Web Services today announced the availability of dedicated compute instances within a VPC:
Dedicated Instances are Amazon EC2 instances launched within your Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC) that run hardware dedicated to a single customer. Dedicated Instances let you take full advantage of the benefits of Amazon VPC and the AWS cloud – on-demand elastic provisioning, pay only for what you use, and a private, isolated virtual network, all while ensuring that your Amazon EC2 compute instances will be isolated at the hardware level.
Of course, the humor here is that Amazon didn’t...