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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Sun Unveils Cloud Computing Security Tools

As part of its overall strategy to help customers and partners build public and private clouds that are open and interoperable, Sun Microsystems on Thursdsay unveiled innovative open source cloud security capabilities and announced support for the latest Security Guidance from the Cloud Security Alliance.  Sun is steadfast in its commitment to providing best practices and technologies that help users safeguard their critical data in the enterprise and in the cloud.  The introduction of Sun’s Cloud Security architectural building blocks will help deliver enterprise-grade cloud services that are highly secure, available and easily manageable when used in public, private or hybrid cloud environments.

The new framework provides more concise and actionable guidance for secure adoption of cloud computing, and encompasses knowledge gained from real world deployments.

“Sun’s technologies, best practices and work with leading industry organizations like the Cloud Security Alliance help provide our customers and partners with a framework for securing data in cloud environments,” said Lew Tucker, CTO, Cloud Computing, Sun Microsystems.  “Security remains one of the major concerns for enterprise customers moving to the cloud,” said Glenn Brunette, Distinguished Engineer and Chief Security Architect, Sun Microsystems.  “Sun’s new security tools will help address several of these fundamental issues and enable customers to realize the benefits of cloud computing while also managing risk and safeguarding critical assets.”

The OpenSolaris VPC Gateway software enables customers to quickly and easily create a redundant, secure communications channel to a Virtual Private Cloud without the need for proprietary networking equipment.  Incorporating many of the security features of the OpenSolaris Operating System, including Solaris ZFS, Solaris Containers, and Solaris IP Filter and Auditing, the ISC architecture leverages service compartmentalization and improved integration techniques to create virtual machines with significantly improved security protection and monitoring capabilities.  Security Enhanced Virtual Machine Images (VMIs): Using many of the techniques developed for the Immutable Service Container project, Sun created several security-enhanced VMIs for the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2).

Using a simple Amazon S3-like interface, the Cloud Safety Box automates the compression, encryption and splitting of content being stored in the cloud on any supported operating system including Solaris, OpenSolaris, Linux and Mac OS X.

http://linux.sys-con.com/node/1225058

Posted on 12/17
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