Transforming your security organization into a savvy cloud security shop takes time and effort. During our journey, VMware IT identified the steps to maintain security across our global cloud estate. We cover four steps in part one of our blog series.
1. Clarify internal responsibility
The IT organization needs to determine an owner for public cloud security, and this may mean assigning specific areas of responsibility across several teams. Defining these boundaries helps to eliminate the risk of assuming another team is responsible.
To continue to scale, automation needs to be made a priority investment. Automation allows organizations to get the most “bang for their buck” when it comes to IT investments, and not because it will eliminate jobs, but because it will free IT staff to focus on more important business initiatives. It also can be a make or break for companies as they move to smaller in-office teams managing vast networks and infrastructure.
According to a new Forrester report commissioned by Red Hat, organizations are taking note of this, prioritizing automation initiatives over competing goals.
In March 2020, VMware removed general support for vSphere 6.0. Many VMware admins focus on the guests and applications in their data centers and overlook these hardware and hypervisor end-of-life dates.
When VMware ends a product’s general support, that doesn’t mean you’re out of options, but rather that you must weigh the cost benefits of keeping that product. With vSphere 6.0, you can take one of several routes: upgrade to a supported vSphere version, use vSphere 6.0 on extended support or use it in an unsupported setting.
VMware’s cloud management solution offers customers a path to innovation while improving efficiency and maintaining control over their environment. They are delivering intelligent cloud management to modernize their applications while accelerating their cloud adoption. With vRealize Cloud Management, customers can consistently deploy and operate their apps, infrastructure and platform services, from the data center, to the cloud, and to the edge.
With the 8.2 release, VMware vRealize Cloud Management offers new and innovative capabilities for modern infrastructure automation supporting DevOps principles and self-driving operations. Uniquely available both on-premises and as SaaS, VMware vRealize provides customers with the agility and efficiency of cloud infrastructure at scale, leveraging artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and DevOps principles such as Infrastructure as Code (IaC) and GitOps to provision, orchestrate, optimize and govern hybrid and multi-cloud environments.
As millions more devices connect to their networks, telecommunications service providers are migrating from hardware-based network appliances to virtualized infrastructure to enable them to rapidly and economically scale to meet ever increasing demands from customers.
To deliver reliable 5G services, one way operators can improve application performance and reduce latency is by extending telco cloud infrastructure from their network core to the edge: closer to customers, devices, and data sources.
Red Hat is working in open source communities to simplify their transition to 5G and edge clouds with technologies like KubeVirt in its OpenShift virtualization.Red Hat believes that keeping the edge open offers community-powered innovation, consistency of management, automation and orchestration, enabling service providers to launch new services and efficiently manage millions of devices at the network edge.
Hopefully by now, you are already familiar with Red Hat Insights, which is included as part of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux subscription. If not, Insights is a group of services offered by Red Hat for operational efficiency and security risk management of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) environments. It helps provide visibility into existing configuration problems, vulnerability risks, and your industry compliance posture, as well as necessary patches and recommendations on how to resolve issues discovered.
To resolve the issues that Insights finds, you can either follow the manual steps listed for each system or in many cases you can dynamically generate an Ansible playbook to help you automate the remediation process.
Cloud environments do not lend themselves to manual management or interference, and only thrive in well-automated environments. Many cloud environments are created and deployed from a known definition/template, but what do you do on day 2? Get insight into some of the top day 2 operations use cases available through our Red Hat Certified Ansible Content Collection for AWS (requires a Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform subscription) or from Ansible Galaxy (community supported).
Cloud environments do not lend themselves to manual management or interference, and only thrive in well-automated environments. Many cloud One of the crucial pieces of the Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform is Ansible Tower. Ansible Tower helps scaling IT automation, managing complex deployments and speeding up productivity. A strength of Ansible Tower is its simplicity that also extends to the installation routine: when installed as a non-container version, a simple script is used to read in variables from an initial configuration to deploy Ansible Tower. The same script and initial configuration can even be re-used to extend the setup and add, for example, more cluster nodes.
However, part of this initial configuration are passwords for the database, Ansible Tower itself and so on. In many online examples, these passwords are often stored in plain text.
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The pandemic and the resulting economic downturn has made the business case for IT automation clearer than ever and it continues to prove especially important for building resilience in our supply chains. Without extensive automation, it wouldn’t be possible for essential goods from online retailers to get into the hands of consumers at the scale and speed we currently need.
Likewise, automation has supported businesses across many industries in transitioning to remote working, which has proven essential to supply chain continuity amid the crisis. For example, it has allowed operations and security teams to install VPN clients across millions of remote worker’s devices, enabling a smoother and safer transition to a work-from-home model.
The world of enterprise IT has seen a massive shift over the last decade as cloud computing has changed the way we work and do business. Today, microservices, application programming interfaces (APIs) and containers are the predominant approach to building, connecting and deploying applications, and Kubernetes has become the undisputed standard for managing them at scale in any environment.
These technologies are core to cloud-native application development, and emerged from the need for organizations to better match the speed of the world around them. The digital experience, delivered through software, has become one of the leading factors in competitive differentiation for companies today. Being able to rapidly respond to dynamic market conditions, incorporate user feedback, or deploy new products and features is crucial to success.
No matter where you are in your hybrid cloud journey, security is a big concern. In fact, 81% of enterprises cite cloud security as a challenge. But it doesn’t have to be a mystery. You can deploy a security-focused hybrid cloud by adapting your methods to account for the differences between on-premise and cloud architecture.
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To get the most value from API initiatives organizations have to rethink and evaluate their API strategies. Just implementing an API enabled use case is not enough.
APIs are necessary to continuously enable new services, but the need for digital-first strategies have made APIs more of a priority than ever before. Every organization is confronted by the need to make changes quickly and adapt to new ways of conducting their business. APIs streamline this process of transformation.
VMware released the new version of vSphere with functionality to build and manage Kubernetes clusters. This series details how to deploy, configure, and use a lab running vSphere 7 with Kubernetes enabled.
The instructions within this post are broken out into sections. vSphere 7 requires pre-requisites at the vSphere level as well as a full NSX-T deployment. Follow these steps in order to build your own vSphere 7 with Kubernetes lab and start using Kubernetes built right into vSphere.
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If you are running production grade workloads that need reliability over a long lifecycle, run RHEL container images on RHEL container hosts, as this is engineered for portability, compatibility, and scoped for support.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 comes with a host of enhancements to help digital service providers (DSPs) build a foundation for responding to customer requirements and seize new opportunities, particularly as they deploy 5G and edge services. From cloud portability to performance improvements and more, there are significant advantages for DSPs to explore.(Read more)
Red Hat, Inc., the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, today announced key enhancements to the Ansible Automation portfolio, including the latest version of Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform and new Red Hat Certified Ansible Content Collections available on Automation Hub. The latest release of Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform helps organizations expand automation to new domains while increasing productivity and cross-team collaboration. As a component of the latest platform release, new Ansible Content Collections developed, tested, and supported by Red Hat enable organizations to get the most up-to-date automation content.
Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform helps organizations accelerate their automation efforts with access to the latest Ansible innovations and technology as they need it, while still providing the security features required for production ready workloads. In addition to Ansible Content Collections, the latest version of the Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform includes the availability of Ansible Tower 3.7, the introduction of automation services catalog, and updates to Automation Analytics.
Deploy automation with greater confidence, efficiently. The new Ansible Content Collections include 17 new Collections that are all written and supported by Red Hat, available for many popular network, security and cloud partners. Read more about Collections and other Ansible Automation Platform updates.(Read more)
Previously known as container-native virtualization (“CNV”), OpenShift virtualization is a feature of the OpenShift platform that enables your teams to modernize and accelerate application delivery by bringing traditional VMs into OpenShift where they run side by side with containers, and be managed as native Kubernetes objects, all on the OpenShift platform, all by the same team(s).(Read more)
The Robot Operating System, aka ROS, isn’t actually an operating system. But it is changing the world of robotics. In the new Open Source Stories film, see how it came to be and meet the people who built this game-changing software from the codebase up.(Read more)
Digital transformation is critical to remain competitive, but some companies focus on only one piece of the puzzle, which can impede progress. True digital transformation is based on the full adoption of 3 main elements: culture, process, and technology.
Culture change remains a challenge
While a large percentage (86%) of leaders agree that digital transformation requires the right mix of culture, processes, and technology, 63% cite culture change as their biggest challenge. This may indicate that companies are unclear how to fully address it.
Modernize processes with formal methodologies
68% of respondents highly value continuous integration/continuous delivery (CI/CD) processes, yet only 43% have implemented this methodology. Collaboration across departments and adopting agile concepts like “fail-fast” remain a challenge for many.
Technology depends on business requirements
Nearly ¾ (72%) of the leaders surveyed say that technology is extremely important to adapt quickly to customer demands, yet only 31% say that their investment is helping to improve their agility. The absence of clear business goals may prevent getting the most value out of this investment.
Read the report to learn what digital leaders say.(Read Report)