vSphere 5 Hardening Guide

Vmware has just released a great guide: the official hardening guide for vSphere 5.  The terminology has changed and if you are used to the version 4.1, there is a nice companion document to help you compare. The security of the virtualization layer is fundamental for the security of the cloud infrastructures. This is acknowledged…

Launch of HP Cloud with OpenStack

We’ve been busy lately with the second version of Elastic Detector, that supports Amazon EC2, Terremark’s vCloud Express and Eucalyptus. Today we’re thrilled to announce support of another leading cloud infrastructure: HP Cloud. Please find the complete announcement here. We are strong believers in OpenStack and we have participated to the private beta of HP…

AWS South America support in CloudyScripts

Yesterday, Amazon announced that they have deployed a new region in South America (to Sao Paulo, Brazil) on its blog (the full article could be found here) Even if Amazon documentation did not contain all the required information (such as the Amazon Kernel Image IDs), we were able to retrieve them, thus allowing to fully…

CloudyScripts for vCloud

Starting from now, CloudyScripts – our popular open-source library (more than 10000 downloads up to now) that aims at relieving administrators from finicky scripting details to secure and manage cloud infrastructures – now supports the vCloud API in addition to Amazon EC2. vCloud is the cloud stack provided by VMWare and already adopted by around 30 hosting…

EC2 Usage among Tech-Companies

Until recently, Guy Rosen on Jack of all Clouds published every month his “State of the Cloud” that tracked the adoption of cloud infrastructure services (IaaS) over time. For that purpose, he checked for the 500.000 top ranked web-sites if they were actually run by one of the big cloud infrastructure providers like Amazon EC2, Rackspace, GoGrid, etc.…

Elastic Detector for free

Elastic Detector, our fully automated security event detection tool for Amazon EC2, is now available for free. It helps administrators and users of Amazon EC2-based infrastructures to continuously identify holes on security groups and applications, thus dramatically reducing the risk of external and internal attacks. In contrary to existing tools, you don’t need to install any additional…

Detect useless Snapshots and Volumes in the Amazon EC2 Cloud

Do you know that problem? You started and stopped server instances on the Amazon Cloud, performed snapshots of instances or EBS volumes, and after some weeks or months you find the EC2 console totally cluttered. There are lots of unattached volumes with completely meaningless IDs and dozens of nameless snapshots, for which you even don’t know what they…