Infrastructure That We Can Trust

first_imgIt is the best of times and it is the worst of times for IT. The wealth of technologies, like cloud and big data, has been a boon for IT professionals, but the EMC Global IT Trust Curve Survey found that 61% of organizations suffered unplanned downtime, a security breach, or a loss of data at least once in 2013. Complexity has increased exposure to failures and threats, creating a lack of trust in the technologies. A different kind of solution is needed in response to this environment – a solution built on a strong foundation of trusted infrastructure.Defining Trusted InfrastructureI am part of a group at EMC assigned with defining and developing our point-of-view on trusted infrastructure. We started by checking out what the industry was already saying. The most credible definition we came across is from the Trusted Computing Group (TCG), a well-respected nonprofit organization that defines security specifications.This definition emphasizes broad predictable behavior as the root of trust, rather than narrowly focusing on the security elements of infrastructure. Using it as a basic construct, we developed our own detailed taxonomy, comprised of Trust Dimensions – six broad categories, each containing properties like identity and data availability. Many of these properties are adapted from the work of the Cloud Security Alliance.This representation provides a complete visual definition of trust. The novelty of this taxonomy is that it provides a comprehensive framework that can be used to build and assess trusted infrastructure. Consumers can use the standardized framework to map trust requirements for their own systems, and deploy solutions that deliver on what they need.  They can also query trust metrics to get an assessment of the overall ‘trustworthiness’ of their infrastructure.Envisioning a Trusted InfrastructureHaving defined the taxonomy, we started tackling implementation. The IT Industry has always had spot solutions on different dimensions of trust, so how is Trusted Infrastructure going to be different from any other infrastructure? Trusted Infrastructure has trust elements built in rather than added on as an afterthought and it is broadly usable rather than available only on a locked platform.Trusted Infrastructure will have three things in common:It needs a taxonomy which goes clearly beyond security and covers all relevant aspects of a predictable system.The services delivered to end users need to be highly integrated with the infrastructure.Trusted Infrastructure will need an open abstraction layer, Trust APIs, for use in higher level stacks like Hypervisor or Cloud OS.We now have a working taxonomy and vision, but there is still much work to be done. Our Trusted Infrastructure team is now identifying detailed use cases and socializing them with customers and industry thought leaders. Industry acceptance of the taxonomy is critical and your opinion is important. I am blogging on this topic regularly and would like to hear from you.last_img read more

Bum Phillips remembered in Houston

first_imgFormer Houston Oilers running back Earl Campbell listens during a memorial service in honor of former Oilers coach Bum Phillips on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, in Houston. (AP Photo/Patric Schneider)  by Kristie RiekenAP Sports WriterHOUSTON (AP) — Earl Campbell thought of Bum Phillips as a second father and summed up the sentiments of many on Tuesday as he remembered his former coach.“There will never be another Bum Phillips,” Campbell said.Phillips, the folksy Texas football coach who led the Houston Oilers during their Luv Ya Blue heyday, died on Oct. 18 at age 90 at his ranch in Goliad, Texas.He was buried in a private ceremony in Goliad on Oct. 23. Tuesday was a public memorial service attended by dozens of his former players including Campbell, who starred for his Oilers teams.“When I had a chance to visit with him before he passed away, I told him: ‘Bum I want you to know this man, you sure made a difference in my life,’” Campbell said. “And of course he always says: ‘Oh EC, you’re the one.’  So I’m going to miss him.”Phillips’ son Wade Phillips, the defensive coordinator for the Houston Texans, says the remembrance will help heal the family’s grief.“He treated people the way you’d like to be treated and he made you feel special,” Wade Phillips said.Campbell wasn’t the only player who thought of Phillips as a father figure.In this November 1975 file photo, Houston Oilers coach Bum Phillips, left, talks with quarterback Dan Pastorini before the Oilers’ NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Houston. (AP Photo)“He was like a father to all of us,” former Oilers quarterback Dan Pastorini said. “He was a coach that taught us about a lot of things, a lot of things relating to football, but more things pertaining to life and making us better men and for that I’m grateful.”Born Oail Andrew Phillips Jr. in 1923 in Orange, Phillips was a Texas original in his blue jeans, boots and trademark white Stetson — except at the Astrodome or any other dome stadium because he was taught it was disrespectful to wear a hat indoors.“Mama always said that if it can’t rain on you, you’re indoors,” Phillips said.Phillips loved the Oilers and when coaching the team in the 1970s, he famously said of the Cowboys: “They may be ‘America’s Team,’ but we’re Texas’ team.”He took over as coach of the Oilers in 1975 and led Houston to two AFC championship games before he was fired in 1980. He was responsible for drafting Heisman Trophy winner Campbell, the player who was largely credited with the success of the franchise.“I just played with a group of guys that made me look good,” Campbell said. “And I was coached by a guy that made me look good and we just fit each other. He was an unbelievable guy and a terrific person.”Hundreds filled Houston mega church Lakewood on Tuesday night to celebrate his life and share stories about the one-of-a-kind character.last_img read more

Zumba In The Park Announces Flash Mob Dances In Olympia

first_imgSubmitted by Thurston CountyLast summer at various locations throughout Thurston County, a group of Zumba® enthusiasts were seen around town getting a good workout while having fun.  This summer marks the return of the group who now call themselves ZIPpers (short for Zumba in the Park people).  Thurston County’s public health staff and the Healthy Child Weight Coalition invite people of all ages to spice up their summer Saturdays with Latin rhythms at free Zumba® flash mob dances throughout Olympia.“Absolutely everyone of all ages is invited to join us and find out just how much fun it is to get on your feet and get moving to the music,” said Dr. Diana Yu, Health Officer for Thurston County and Latin dance aficionado.Zumba in the Park Olympia Lacey (like us on Facebook) will be at different venues each Saturday from 1:30 – 3 pm.  No previous dance experience is needed, and children and adults of all ages and abilities are invited to participate.  Dances will be lead by certified local Zumba® instructors who are volunteering their time.The dances are part of the county’s 7-5-2-1-0 Power in Numbers campaign that encourages families to follow some simple steps based on the numbers to stay healthy and prevent chronic illness:7 – Eat breakfast every day, 7 days a week.5 – Eat fruits and vegetables at least 5 or more times daily.2 – Limit screen time unrelated to school to 2 hours or less daily.1 – Get 1 hour or more of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day.0 – Drink less sugar.  Try water and low-fat milk instead of sugar-sweetened drinks.The county’s 7-5-2-1-0 Power in Numbers program is part of a movement occurring nationwide to combat childhood obesity. Local programs like 7-5-2-1-0 Power in Numbers and the national campaign sponsored by First Lady Michelle Obama encourage healthy lifestyle and food choices along with more physical activity for children.“We really want to encourage families to come and dance at these events. You don’t need a partner, you don’t need experience. Whether it’s salsa, rumba, cha-cha or samba, you just need to move your feet,” said Dr. Yu. “Our goal is to show parents and kids that getting an hour of exercise each day can be easy and a whole lot of fun to boot.”For more information about the free Zumba dances each Saturday this summer, visit and click on Events and Announcements. You can find the county’s 7-5-2-1-0 Power in Numbers campaign on Facebook at          Zumba in the Park Olympia LaceyFree Zumba flash mob dances for all agesWHEN:          Saturdays 1:30 – 3 PMJune 8        Outside hands On Children’s Museum 414 Jefferson St, OlympiaJune 15      near Harbor House at Percival Landing on Olympia waterfront 217 Thurston AveJune 29      in front of Tivoli Fountain at capitol Campus 1200 block of Capitol Way SJuly and August    in the gazebo at Rainier Vista Park 5475 45th Ave SE, in Lacey Facebook93Tweet0Pin0last_img read more