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Open source tools for securing the cloud

Sun Microsystems : 21 December, 2009  (Application Story)
In support of guidance from the Cloud Security Alliance, Sun Microsystems has released a set of advanced open source cloud security tools available for download
As part of its overall strategy to help customers and partners build public and private clouds that are open and interoperable, Sun Microsystems has 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. Leveraging the built-in security capabilities of Sun's Solaris Operating Systems, including Solaris ZFS and Solaris Containers, the security tools help in securing data in transit, data at rest, and data in use in the cloud, and work with cloud offerings from leading vendors including Amazon and Eucalyptus.

Along with introducing new security tools today, Sun also announced support for the Cloud Security Alliance's "Guidance for Critical Areas of Focus in Cloud Computing - Version 2.1." Sun privacy and security experts have been instrumental in the industry-wide effort to develop the security guidance and have been active participants in the Cloud Security Alliance since its inception. 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.

Sun also published a new white paper, "Building Customer Trust in Cloud Computing with Transparent Security," that provides an overview of transparent security and the ways in which intelligent disclosure of security design, practices and procedures can help improve customer confidence while protecting critical security features and data, improving overall governance.

"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."

Sun has announced availability for several open source Cloud Security tools including:

-- OpenSolaris VPC Gateway: Provides customers with greater choice and flexibility when connecting their systems to the Amazon Virtual Private Cloud. 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.

-- Immutable Service Containers (ISC): Delivers architectural patterns with associated deployment strategies that collectively define a highly secure foundation for service delivery. 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 makes use of 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). These virtual machines leverage industry accepted recommended practices including non-executable stacks, encrypted swap and auditing enabled by default. Beyond simple OpenSolaris images, Sun has also published integrated software stacks such as Solaris AMP and Drupal built on these security-enhanced images.

-- Cloud Safety Box: Simplifies managing encrypted content in the Cloud. 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.

Sun is working with its customers and partners worldwide to build and deploy public and private clouds that are open and interoperable. The Sun Open Cloud Platform, powered by Sun's industry-leading software, hardware and storage, delivers cost-effective, scalable cloud infrastructure.

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