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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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,…Read More
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 EBS volumes and EBS backed instances.”
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…Read More
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…Read More
Dedicated Instances are Amazon EC2 instances launched within your Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC) that run hardware dedicated to a single customer.
Of course, the humor here is that Amazon didn’t explain which hardware it was referring to. If you compare it to an enterprise server in a private data center, it’s clearly less secure (unless you applied cloud specific security and encryption tools perhaps). But if you compare it to existing hosting offering, it’s no less secure than enterprise grade hosting has been for a decade.