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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)

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)

Ensuring Secure Self-Service Through Virtualization

Virtualization Magazine on Ulitzer Remember the days when banking had to be done in the branch? Regardless of whether you were making a deposit, withdrawal or just checking your balance, you had to drive to the local branch during business hours to work through a bank teller. Long-distance travel became even more difficult because of the regional nature of bank chains. Along came the ATM, which allowed you to do transactions without talking to a teller both during business hours as well as after hours. Customers enjoyed the ability to do their own banking without needing the "per... (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)

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)