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Cloud Computing on Ulitzer Back in June, we released the very first security hardened virtual machine images for the Amazon Web Services Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) environment. These original images were based upon the OpenSolaris 2008.11 release and were configured in accordance with the guidelines published by Sun the Center for Internet Security. Since its initial release, we have provided an update to offer this image in the European Region. In August, we took another step forward with the release of a security-enhanced image based upon the OpenSolaris 2009.06 release. This image went beyond just the simple hardening of its predecessor to add functionality such as encrypted swap, non-executable stacks and auditing that was enabled by default. With such a strong foundation, it should have been no surprise that it was likely to be used as a foundation for layere... (more)

New OpenSolaris VPC Gateway Tool

Amazon Cloud Journal On August 26th, 2009, Amazon Web Services launched their new Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) service. According to Amazon, this service: [...] is a secure and seamless bridge between a company’s existing IT infrastructure and the AWS cloud. Amazon VPC enables enterprises to connect their existing infrastructure to a set of isolated AWS compute resources via a Virtual Private Network (VPN) connection, and to extend their existing management capabilities such as security services, firewalls, and intrusion detection systems to include their AWS resources. Amazon VPC... (more)

Cloud Security Webinar on Tuesday!

Things have definitely been a bit crazy around here lately. In just the last two weeks, we have posted new security enhanced OpenSolaris 2009.06 images to Amazon EC2, published a podcast on Immutable Service Containers, and have updated the OpenSolaris ISC Construction Kit to improve its efficiency, make it easier to customize, and add (preliminary) ZFS crypto support! Not only that, but we continue to work on integrating ISC concepts into the OpenSolaris Just Enough OS (JeOS) project as well as a VirtualBox-based Immutable Service Container implementation strategy. With all o... (more)

Security Enhanced OpenSolaris Drupal Stack on EC2

Over the last few months, I have had a number of postings that have talked about security enhanced virtual machine images that we have made available on Amazon Web Services. The goal behind this work was to look at how we could improve baseline security in both virtualized and Cloud Computing computing environments by pre-integrating industry accepted recommended security settings. Organizations leveraging our work would have fewer security steps to undertake as our images were configured to be compliant with the recommendations published by the Center for Internet Security as pa... (more)

NEW: Cloud Safety Box v0.4

Today, I am happy to announce the v0.4 release of the Cloud Safety Box project. About a month ago, I announced the initial public release and since that time it was even highlighted and demonstrated at Sun's CommunityOne event! Not too bad for a new project! The new version released today was a substantial redesign in order to improve the overall design and efficiency of the tools while at the same time adding a few key features. The biggest visible changes include support for compression, splitting up of large files into small chunks, and also support for Solaris key labels. Le... (more)