VMware vCloud Security

VMware vCloud Security
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  • Take away an in-depth knowledge of how to secure a private cloud running on vCloud Director
  • Enable the reader with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to achieve competence at building and running a secured private cloud
  • Focuses on giving you broader view of the security and compliance while still being manageable and flexible to scale

Book Details

Language : English
Paperback : 106 pages [ 235mm x 191mm ]
Release Date : October 2013
ISBN : 1782170960
ISBN 13 : 9781782170969
Author(s) : Prasenjit Sarkar
Topics and Technologies : All Books, Virtualization and Cloud, Enterprise

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Installation and Configuration of vCloud Director
Chapter 2: Securing Your vCloud Using vShield App
Chapter 3: Mitigating Threats Using vShield Endpoint Security
Chapter 4: Overview of VMware vShield Data Security
  • Chapter 1: Installation and Configuration of vCloud Director
    • VMware vCloud Director architecture
    • vCloud management and resource clusters
    • vCloud Director installation prerequisites
      • Preparing for installation
      • Installing vCloud Director
        • Prerequisites
      • vCloud Director setup
    • vCloud Director security
    • Directory service (LDAP) integration
    • Auditing and logging
    • Summary
    • Chapter 2: Securing Your vCloud Using vShield App
      • vShield App – use case
      • vShield App – communication flow
      • Installing vShield App
      • vShield App – firewall management
        • Creating a vShield App firewall rule
      • vShield App – flow monitoring
        • Examining flow monitoring statistics
      • Summary
      • Chapter 3: Mitigating Threats Using vShield Endpoint Security
        • EPSEC – use case
        • EPSEC – key benefits
        • vShield Endpoint architecture
        • vShield Endpoint components and intercommunication
        • vShield Endpoint prerequisites
        • Installing vShield Endpoint
          • Enable logging on the guest VM
        • vShield Endpoint – health monitoring
        • Summary

          Prasenjit Sarkar

          Prasenjit Sarkar (@stretchcloud) is a senior member of technical staff at VMware Service Provider Cloud R&D, where he provides architectural oversight and technical guidance for designing, implementing, and testing VMware's Cloud datacenters. He is an author, R&D guy, and a blogger focusing on virtualization, Cloud computing, storage, networking, and other enterprise technologies. He has more than 10 years of expert knowledge in R&D, professional services, alliances, solution engineering, consulting, and technical sales with expertise in architecting and deploying virtualization solutions and rolling out new technologies and solution initiatives. His primary focus is on VMware vSphere Infrastructure and Public Cloud using VMware vCloud Suite. His aim is to own the entire life cycle of a VMware based IaaS (SDDC), especially vSphere, vCloud Director, vShield Manager, and vCenter Operations. He was one of the VMware vExperts of 2012 and is well known for his acclaimed virtualization blog http://stretch-cloud.info. He holds certifications from VMware, Cisco, Citrix, Red Hat, Microsoft, IBM, HP, and Exin. Prior to joining VMware, he served other fine organizations (such as Capgemini, HP, and GE) as a solution architect and infrastructure architect.

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          What you will learn from this book

          • Install and configure VMware vCloud Director
          • Understand security hardening of vCloud Director in a nutshell
          • Monitor vShield Endpoint health status
          • Create a data security policy
          • Review the violation reports that are generated by a vCloud Networking and Security Data Security scan
          • Learn the purpose and operation of vCloud Networking and Security Data Security

          In Detail

          Security is a major concern, in particular now that everything is moving to the cloud. A private cloud is a cloud computing platform built on your own hardware and software. The alternative is to deploy the services you need on a public cloud infrastructure provided by an external supplier such as Amazon Web Services, Rackspace Cloud, or HP Public Cloud. While a public cloud can afford greater flexibility, a private cloud gives you the advantage of greater control over the entire stack.

          "VMware vCloud Security" focuses on some critical security risks, such as the application level firewall and firewall zone, virus and malware attacks on cloud virtual machines, and data security compliance on any VMware vCloud-based private cloud. Security administrators sometimes deploy its components incorrectly, or sometimes cannot see the broader picture and where the vCloud security products fit in. This book is focused on solving those problems using VMware vCloud and the vCloud Networking and Security product suite, which includes vCloud Networking and Security App, vShield Endpoint, and vCloud Networking and Security Data Security.

          Ensuring the security and compliance of any applications, especially those that are business critical, is a crucial step in your journey to the cloud. You will be introduced to security roles in VMware vCloud Director, integration of LDAP Servers with vCloud, and security hardening of vCloud Director. We’ll then walk through a hypervisor-based firewall that protects applications in the virtual datacenter from network-based attacks. We’ll create access control policies based on logical constructs such as VMware vCenter Server containers and VMware vCloud Networking and Security security groups but not just physical constructs, such as IP addresses. You’ll learn about the architecture of EPSEC and how to implement it. Finally, we will understand how to define data security policies, run scans, and analyze results.


          VMware vCloud Security provides the reader with in depth knowledge and practical exercises sufficient to implement a secured private cloud using VMware vCloud Director and vCloud Networking and Security.

          Who this book is for

          This book is primarily for technical professionals with system administration and security administration skills with significant VMware vCloud experience who want to learn about advanced concepts of vCloud security and compliance.

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