From the CEO and Founder of HyTrust, an Early Stage Virtualization Startup

Eric Chiu

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I recently asked a CIO of a large Fortune 100 company how hard would it be for a person to pull the plug on a backbone switch in his datacenter. His answer was "Very difficult. We have lots of controls in place to ensure that level of access is protected." I then probed further and asked what type of controls he was referring to - card key access, locks on the racks, video cameras? He nodded at each one. I pulled up the virtual infrastructure management client on my computer and demonstrated how easy it is to power off the distributed virtual switch that he was planning to run across his datacenter - essentially, I right-mouse-clicked on the virtual machine (VM) and selected "Power Off." I then asked, simply, "How many people within your organization have access to virtual infrastructure?" He didn't know. This scenario is more common that you might think. Virtualiz... (more)

The Circular Nature of Technology

VIrtualization Magazine on Ulitzer Like technology, everything in life tends to repeat, although in newer, fresher and more useful applications. The fashion trend toward slim fit clothes shifts to baggy, then back again; suits go from three to two button and back to three; pastels and bright colors to earth tones as it shifts anew. Car design is similar: Mercedes, for example, regularly goes back and forth between rounded and square styles, and the re-birth of the Chevrolet Camaro revisits the shape of one of my favorite classics - the '68 SS. Only this time, newer, faster, slee... (more)

Trusting Cloud Computing

Cloud Security Journal on Ulitzer The company I work for, HyTrust, recently worked with Intel and VMware on a very cool project. Essentially, it was about demonstrating the ability to establish trust in the cloud, and then enforce policy based on trust. Trust. Trust is an important word in the world of security, and in cloud computing it's an even bigger deal. Cloud computing offers up the promise that an organizations will be able to run any application from anywhere at any time. But in a multi-tenant environment, a cloud application running in a virtual machine might be loca... (more)

Separation of Duties in Virtualized Environments

Virtualization has brought us another step closer to the world of Star Trek. Think back to episodes of The Next Generation where Geordi was able to control the functions of the entire ship through a single touch-screen interface. He was able to reconfigure electrical, mechanical and propulsion systems without needing anyone else or additional authorization. The only thing to prevent him from doing something risky or damaging was the computer system itself. This picture is exciting in its similarities with virtualization. Here, the hypervisor essentially becomes a datacenter in a... (more)

PCI Security Standards Council to Help Clear Cloudiness

The Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) is expected to release a new version of the PCI Data Security Standard (DSS) in October of this year. In this new version, the PCI DSS will address virtualization and cloud computing. This new guidance will be a huge win for virtualization adoption, as well as the organizations that are subject to PCI and under pressure to better manage costs. The Council, founded by American Express, Discover Financial Services, JCB International, MasterCard Worldwide, and Visa, developed the PCI DSS to specify how to best protect p... (more)