A cost-effective way to accelerate your journey to the cloud. [VMware]

As a datacenter professional, the ongoing challenge is to provide fast and secure access to core business applications, systems and data. Virtualization offers dramatic benefits for your x86-based server infrastructure: reduced costs, simplified disaster recovery and much more.

When you choose VMware vSphere as your hypervisor and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server as the guest operating system to run your applications, you are working with two vendors determined to give you the best support and performance, and the lowest price. With SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for VMware, organizations can deploy a reliable, high-performance server operating system in their VMware vSphere environments at no cost.

>>Download the SUSE® Linux Enterprise Server flyer to learn more about this product

NEW! Take Advantage of acquiring your SUSE Linux Enterprise Server from VMware

The combination of VMware vSphere and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for VMware provides you with a simple, cost-effective, enterprise solution to accelerate your journey to the cloud. You have access to an enterprise-class, mission-critical operating system that is optimized for performance on vSphere, the most complete and robust platform for building and deploying a private cloud. With SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for VMware you will experience these benefits:

  • Lower cost of ownership – vSphere customers obtain access to an enterprise proven Linux operating system at no additional cost over VMware vSphere.
  • More efficient support – Obtain support for vSphere and SLES from a single vendor: VMware.
  • Improved IT agility – Every qualified vSphere license is automatically entitled to run unlimited number of SLES for VMware VMs, making it extremely simple to deploy new resources.
  • Lower risk – SLES for VMware offers up-to-date support and certification for applications as well as a high degree of interoperability among supported platforms.
  • Broad application support – SLES for VMware provides the most extensive application support among any enterprise Linux operating with more than 5,000 applications certified.

>> Download the SUSE® Linux Enterprise Server for VMware Data Sheet to learn more about this new program.

 Why is VMware offering this solution to you?
VMware’s mission is to reduce IT complexity and provide customers a pragmatic path to the cloud. [Read more…]

Mind the gap with security in your virtualized data center [Trend Micro]

Previously we gave a high level view of securing a virtual environment. We talked about security gaps in the post and one of the biggest gaps is the lack of visibility between virtual machines on the same server.

In a physical world, you have a network based Firewall and possibly a Unified Threat Management device securing the physical gateway into your network. What happens when you go virtual and the traffic doesn’t leave the physical host? Your Network IDS/IPS is rendered useless as it’s blind to interVM traffic.

Ok, so let’s put an AV client on each virtual machine, that should help right? [Read more…]

Demystifying security in a virtual environment [Trend Micro]

We’ve been thinking about cloud a lot.  My goal is to help demystify security in a virtual environment.

What are we doing with cloud computing?

There are still servers, storage, networking, software, and security.  We’re really just implementing them in different ways. Rather than having file servers at every location we are centralizing our data (again as we did 20 years ago).  Instead of having multiple physical servers we are virtualizing our servers.  We’re even centralizing our client computing with a single instance of an OS across the network.

All I have to say is it’s pretty sweet.  I’m a huge fan.

It is much easier for us to secure our data when we know where it is.  [Read more…]