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"Securing OpenStack's Underside: True Computing"

By: Eric Windisch

There have been a number of premature attempts to provide a trusted computing platform for IaaS software; however, all of met with failure and a lack of mass market adoption. What would be required to solve this problem for real and deliver "true"" computing? True computing requires the ability to have a trusted chain of events related to the provisioning and deployment of hardware and software. It requires integration to the supply chain with installation of initial keys at the hardware vendor's site, secure PXE booting, system attestation, and robust key management. None of this is easy or free, but what would it look like if OpenStack could become the first truly trusted cloud system? How would it integrate with the current 'trusted-messaging' blueprint? Would it make CloudAudit's API more relevant? 


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