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Keeping your VMware system safe from intruders is an absolute priority just as it is with a physical system. By reducing access and applying security patches, administrators keep the system more like Fort Knox than Fannie Mae. VMware searches for security issues and provides alerts to customers when problems are found. Making sure that your virtual system is consistently protected from a variety of security issues that potentially could leave your system helpless, costing you customer loyalty and money is important. Learning how to control all aspects of your VMware environment is essential.

Traditional Anti-Virus Software May Be Inadequate

Traditional anti-virus programs may be inefficient in today’s virtual world. Leaving businesses open to a data breach is a serious concern. Sensitive information can be harvested and used for nefarious purposes. Vigilance is a needed behavior when admins seek to keep data safe, yet the immensity of the problem keeps many admins up at night. Maintaining a health check on VMware systems is a function of Opvizor’s service. Keeping a lookout for alerts that might concern your safety keeps your business on top of potential security leaks.

Virtualization Networking Issues

As businesses embrace virtualization, security issues evolve. This vast networking environment means admins need a way to stay on top of potential threats. Data breaches often involve malware that is not new, but well-known. In addition, threats to your company’s data are more sophisticated, and managing them inadequately may leave a business open to risk. Using Opvizor’s alert notification system helps alleviate that risk.

VMware Environment Secure

VMware security keeps your data safe.

Management of Virtual Security Agents

Managing VMware environment with security agents is one way to alleviate the burden of needing advanced and complex security. Being able to adapt as VMs change their systemic environment can be daunting. Managing this with a system that checks the needs of your virtual system on a daily basis and provides automated solutions is a way to accomplish this. Opvizor gives admins peace of mind knowing that someone is watching the store.

Treating VMs Like Physical Machines

From a security standpoint, this means taking the same precautions one would take with a physical machine. Realizing that VMs are exposed to the same threats as physical machines helps set a secure mindset. From backing up data to updating your virtual system, maintaining the overall health of the system is important. The use of automatic updates is an efficient way of doing this. Opvizor’s health check lets you know about vulnerabilities and threat-weak areas.

Threat VMs like Physical

Using VMware to expand your horizons still requires security.

Ways to Enhance Security on Virtual Machines

As with a physical machine, setting up anti-virus programs on virtual machines maintains safety. Selecting passwords that are strong and changing them on an ongoing basis is another way of preventing access to your system. It is also important to assure that others on your virtual system such as guests have the same amount of security as you have. A weak link can allow threats to enter. Limiting guest access helps. Taking care with snapshots is another way to promote security.

Using Opvizor as a frontline automated online system to keep your VMware safe and functioning properly helps prevent malicious intrusion into your system. Choosing to guard data in a Fort Knox kind of way maintains your system with an eye toward the damage threat risks can impose. Letting Opvizor keep a health watch of your virtual environment on a daily basis helps your company address security issues. 

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Use Case - Tamper-resistant Clinical Trials

Goal:

Blockchain PoCs were unsuccessful due to complexity and lack of developers.

Still the goal of data immutability as well as client verification is a crucial. Furthermore, the system needs to be easy to use and operate (allowing backup, maintenance windows aso.).

Implementation:

immudb is running in different datacenters across the globe. All clinical trial information is stored in immudb either as transactions or the pdf documents as a whole.

Having that single source of truth with versioned, timestamped, and cryptographically verifiable records, enables a whole new way of transparency and trust.

Use Case - Finance

Goal:

Store the source data, the decision and the rule base for financial support from governments timestamped, verifiable.

A very important functionality is the ability to compare the historic decision (based on the past rulebase) with the rulebase at a different date. Fully cryptographic verifiable Time Travel queries are required to be able to achieve that comparison.

Implementation:

While the source data, rulebase and the documented decision are stored in verifiable Blobs in immudb, the transaction is stored using the relational layer of immudb.

That allows the use of immudb’s time travel capabilities to retrieve verified historic data and recalculate with the most recent rulebase.

Use Case - eCommerce and NFT marketplace

Goal:

No matter if it’s an eCommerce platform or NFT marketplace, the goals are similar:

  • High amount of transactions (potentially millions a second)
  • Ability to read and write multiple records within one transaction
  • prevent overwrite or updates on transactions
  • comply with regulations (PCI, GDPR, …)


Implementation:

immudb is typically scaled out using Hyperscaler (i. e. AWS, Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure) distributed across the Globe. Auditors are also distributed to track the verification proof over time. Additionally, the shop or marketplace applications store immudb cryptographic state information. That high level of integrity and tamper-evidence while maintaining a very high transaction speed is key for companies to chose immudb.

Use Case - IoT Sensor Data

Goal:

IoT sensor data received by devices collecting environment data needs to be stored locally in a cryptographically verifiable manner until the data is transferred to a central datacenter. The data integrity needs to be verifiable at any given point in time and while in transit.

Implementation:

immudb runs embedded on the IoT device itself and is consistently audited by external probes. The data transfer to audit is minimal and works even with minimum bandwidth and unreliable connections.

Whenever the IoT devices are connected to a high bandwidth, the data transfer happens to a data center (large immudb deployment) and the source and destination date integrity is fully verified.

Use Case - DevOps Evidence

Goal:

CI/CD and application build logs need to be stored auditable and tamper-evident.
A very high Performance is required as the system should not slow down any build process.
Scalability is key as billions of artifacts are expected within the next years.
Next to a possibility of integrity validation, data needs to be retrievable by pipeline job id or digital asset checksum.

Implementation:

As part of the CI/CD audit functionality, data is stored within immudb using the Key/Value functionality. Key is either the CI/CD job id (i. e. Jenkins or GitLab) or the checksum of the resulting build or container image.

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