IO Visor Project - Virtual Machines for IO and Networking

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What is the IO Visor Project?

This is a low level discussion compared to a typical ESG blog, but we wanted to provide some insight into how new low level technology placed into the Linux kernel can have potentially far reaching affects into practical uses and into the products you may use in the future. Read on if you are interested in virtualization, software-defined data centers, and networking.

IO Visor Project is an IO hypervisor engine that resides between the Linux OS and hardware, along with a set of development tools. It is an in-kernel virtual machine for IO instructions, somewhat like Java virtual machines. You see apps and a runtime engine atop a host and hardware layer. It's not a replacement for a hypervisor like ESX or KVM since it just does IO. Being software-defined, it has the flexibility for modern IO infrastructure and can become a foundation for new generations of Linux virtualization and networking.

The IO Visor project was announced on August 17th, 2015 as a project hosted by the Linux foundation, and is composed of the IO Visor engine and a set of dev tools, management and operation tools, apps, and IO modules. It's not unlike Java - you can write portable programs, and an engine runs that program. It has support from a range of founding members including major ones such as Cisco, Huawei, and Intel.

Topics: Networking SDN Linux

We Need Security Standards like Mitre's Common Event Expression (CEE)

Over the past few years, I've been involved with a number of ESG Research projects all pointing to a few common problems. Even in the most sophisticated shops, security teams struggle to collect the avalanche of security data generated from different log files and tools, analyze this data in a proactive manner, or find the proverbial needle in the haystack indicating anomalous behavior.

Topics: Microsoft Cisco Information and Risk Management HP McAfee Security and Privacy SIEM Mitre ArcSight log management NIST Verizon Linux