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Our work, both with clients and with tools, has lead us to wonder how it is that organizations are handling compliance issues in the cloud. The big cloud vendors offer compliance for their infrastructure, but the shared responsibility model requires that you take certain steps to meet compliance requirements. Which lead us to start poking around a little more. We wanted to get a picture of what was available, and how it was being used. There is a lot of fluidity in this space, as in all things cloud. The fact that DevOps Security plays into the cloud compliance model – particularly in dynamic cloud environments – makes it even more fluid. We’ve found the following options are the ones most frequently being pursued in cloud deployments for industries that need to meet compliance requirements. Not in the Cloud This is the default, and a lot of companies are followin... (more)

Containers, or Container Management? | @DevOpsSummit @DMacVittie #DevOps #Docker #Kubernetes

We just came off of a review of a product that handles both containers and virtual machines in the same interface. Under the covers, implementation of containers defaults to LXC, though recently Docker support was added. When reading online, or searching for information, increasingly we see “Container Management” products listed as competitors to Docker, when in reality things like Rocket, LXC/LXD, and Virtualization are Dockers competitors. After doing some looking around, we have decided that this shift in how Docker is perceived in the market is due largely to the fact that i... (more)

A Tool Is About What You Need It For | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #CloudNative #Serverless

We seem to run this cycle with every new technology that comes along. A good idea with practical applications is born, then both marketers and over-excited users start to declare it is the solution for all or our problems. Compliments of Gartner, we know it generally as “The Hype Cycle”, but each iteration is a little different. 2018’s flavor will be serverless computing, and by 2018, I mean starting now, but going most of next year, you’ll be sick of it. We are already seeing people write such sweeping statements as “The purpose of serverless is no-ops”. And that type of declar... (more)

Continuous Provisioning | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #Microservices

Now, with more hardware! September 21, 2015, Don MacVittie, Sr. Solutions Architect. The “continuous” trend is continuing (get it..?), and we’ll soon reach the peek of the hype cycle, with continuous everything. At the pinnacle of the hype cycle, do not be surprised to see DDOS attacks re-branded as “continuous penetration testing!” and a fee associated with receiving them. But as with all hype cycles, there is some bit in them – usually quite a few bits in them – that actually pass the smell test in a real-world environment. With virtualization, we didn’t see the end of server... (more)

ARX Config, Day One

Well I’m putting my new ARX through the paces on my network, starting today with the base config and try number one at setting up the shares. This is an ARX 500, which is more than enough for our needs, and gives us a platform to start testing different ideas out on. To quote Lori when I told her I had all the ports communicating, “Now make it do something impressive”. The point of this blog series is to give me a chance to play with my new toy and give you all an idea of what the ARX can do. I’ve got a few goals in mind for this box, but want to make certain I’m not asking too ... (more)