Monday Aug 24, 2009

Immutable Service Containers: Addressing Security in a World of Changing Deployment


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Cloud computing sits at the forefront of industry headlines these days. It's a trending computing model that is forcing many organizations to seriously consider it if they want to keep up with evolving IT business practices and maintain a competitive edge. But with this new shift towards virtualization technology come a number of concerns to address, particularly around issues of security. Glenn Brunette, Distinguished Engineer and Cheif Security Architect, is working on a project that attempts to solve some of the bigger problems around the security of virtualized environments using Immutable Service Containers (ISCs)--an architectural deployment pattern for highly secure service delivery.

Listen to this edition of Innovating@Sun in which Hal Stern, VP Global Systems Engineering, and Brunette discuss ISCs and how building them along principles of stronger security, greater integrity, and simplified security configuration and management is proving to be a very viable solution for organizations looking to safeguard their virtualized environments. Hal and Glenn go on to discuss:

  • micro-virtualization: how adding a thin management layer between the hypervisor and the service lends reliability to security enforcement and monitoring controls
  • how "immutable" Immutable Service Containers are
  • defense in depth measures being taken
  • current implementations with Solaris and OpenSolaris
  • what's next for ISCs, including building core concepts into projects such as Amazon's EC2 & the JEOS project; Virtualbox implementations; and integration of autonomic security techniques

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