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

Eric Chiu

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In IT terms, virtualization is cool. The rewards include cost savings, agility, and flexibility. Enterprises reap the benefits of virtualization through a much more efficient use of IT personnel and resources, faster delivery time of applications, higher availability/service levels, and additional capabilities such as high availability and disaster recovery. No wonder data centers worldwide are being transformed by going virtual. Now for the bad news: there are definitely serious drawbacks, especially around compliance. If you think about virtualization, the hypervisor is now the lowest part of the stack, existing below the operating system and application. The virtual infrastructure is also a platform, which provides a lot of management functionality, as well as capabilities that historically used to require physical data center access (migrate virtual machine, re... (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)

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)

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)

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)