Gentoo Archives: gentoo-security

From: Kevin van Haaren <kevin@×××××××××.net>
To: gentoo-security@l.g.o
Subject: Re: [gentoo-security] Re: Mini Gentoo in VMWare
Date: Sat, 04 Nov 2006 17:55:12
Message-Id: E2A0A677F0194D4F615E53F1@Blossom.local
In Reply to: [gentoo-security] Re: Mini Gentoo in VMWare by 7v5w7go9ub0o <7v5w7go9ub0o@gmail.com>
--On November 3, 2006 12:04:33 PM -0500 7v5w7go9ub0o 
<7v5w7go9ub0o@×××××.com> wrote:

> > Lots of interest in VMs lately - Is this to increase security (isolating > servers and components in case one is compromised)? Or perhaps you are > isolating components for the purpose of evaluating them?
there are additional benefits, mainly for enterprise use, such as being able to move the virtual server to a new box in case of failure of the first box. This is much cheaper than maintaining an identically configured second box. VMWare's high-end (not free) product can do this automatically if partnered with a SAN. Using SAN technology the second box could even be off-site, providing a virtually instant disaster recovery plan (just not a cheap one.) You could even save the cost of redundant box by using Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud as your redundancy. Keep a copy of the image on Amazon S3 then fire up the image if the main one goes down. Might be a bit slower but that beats being down. Also snapshot technology is getting pretty cool, where you can take a snapshot, upgrade a virtual box, and if the upgrade fails just roll back to the snapshot. Beats a backup/restore cycle by a mile. -- gentoo-security@g.o mailing list