This week the conversation is all around the cloud computing and how today’s modern architecture continues to evolve. Christian, Ashton, and Jim talk about the ways cloud computing is being adopted in the enterprise and discuss the security and scalability implications of government agencies trusting their data to a third party cloud infrastructure. While we are still cloudy on a few matters ourselves, this episode promises to be a noteworthy discussion on where the next generation of cloud computing is headed.

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Containers are the future of cloud computing

http://www.linuxjournal.com/content/containers%E2%80%94not-virtual-machines%E2%80%94are-future-cloud

Big take away: VMs run on separate operating systems with their own binaries/libraries

Containers run on the same Operating system, sharing binaries and libraries with the native OS

Security Concerns for Docker

http://opensource.com/business/14/7/docker-security-selinux

Takeaway: Namespacing raises security concerns at the kernel level, which is potentially very scary

Google is already releasing Docker Optimized VMs

https://cloud.google.com/compute/docs/containers/container_vms

Takeaway: With companies like Google already looking to advance the technology, it might not be long until containers are the widespread solution to PaaS

How Containers will challenge VMs (and companies that host them)

http://siliconangle.com/blog/2014/08/22/deadly-docker-why-containers-are-a-threat-to-cloud-virtualization/

http://robhirschfeld.com/2014/04/18/docker-real-or-hype/

Takeaway: Not a silver bullet.  Good, but could result in “container sprawl” – Many applications on many containers

Dockers Security Page

https://blog.docker.com/2013/08/containers-docker-how-secure-are-they/

CLOUD SECURITY AND THE GOVERNMENT

Cloud Security Improvements Aim to Accelerate “Cloud First” Adoption

http://www.govtech.com/security/Cloud-Security-Improvements-Aim-to-Accelerate-Cloud-First-Adoption.html

–Out of 286 executives, only 30 percent are implementing cloud strategies, 58 percent not aware of any cloud strategy under way at agency.

Many agencies still believe that their information, particularly classified and national security data, may be too sensitive to move to the cloud. In response to these security concerns, private clouds and hybrid clouds are preferred over public clouds. Private and hybrid clouds provide agencies greater security control over their information than public clouds.

Cloud Deployment Models:

— Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)

—–Most security level considerations at this level, its just the infrastructure.

— Platform as a Service (PaaS)

—–Automates the configuration, deployment and ongoing management of applications

— Software as a Service (SaaS)

—–Licensing and delivery model, subscription based, centrally hosting.

IaaS: OpenStack a Model of IaaS in the Open Source Community

http://openstack.org

Trust in cloud security at all-time low: Execs still betting on the cloud

http://www.zdnet.com/trust-in-cloud-security-at-all-time-low-execs-still-betting-on-the-cloud-7000034174/

OpenStack’s focus on peer review of code has identified a great many problems and risks including those promoted potentially by state actors.

Azure CTO Mark Russinovich’s top ten public cloud security risks:

http://www.computerweekly.com/news/2240232396/How-to-mitigate-top-ten-public-cloud-security-risks-Azure-CTO-Mark-Russinovich


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