CTT Big4 News IBM Cloud Recently #IBM017

CTT Big4 News IBM Cloud Recently #IBM017

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AWS, IBM, Google & Azure – the Big4 Cloud Service providers. In this article, we will explore latest IBM Cloud Recently.

IBM Cloud Hyper Protect Crypto Services – Key Management Service [Update]

IBM Cloud Hyper Protect Crypto Services offers highly regulated organizations a managed cryptographic service in the cloud. It provides dedicated control down to the root secret of the Hardware Security Module. The Hardware Security Modules are FIPS 140-2 level 4 certified. This accounts for reliable protection of your keys, certificates, and cryptographic operations.

As part of the IBM Hyper Protect family of services, it introduces protection even from privileged users. It comprises built-in high availability and scaling capabilities, which addresses always-on requirements of the digital enterprise.

With Keep Your Own Key, Hyper Protect Crypto Services assures that all your secrets are always kept under control of keys that you own.

Key management service

A key management service like IBM Key Protect manages the entire lifecycle of keys. This ranges from key creation through application use, key archival, and key destruction. It enforces separation of duties between data management and key management.

Company policies, industry best practices, and government regulations increasingly require data-at-rest encryption. Encryption key management is a fundamental requirement for data storage, management, and governance. IBM Key Protect helps clients secure their sensitive data from unauthorized access or inadvertent employee release while meeting compliance auditing standards. Learn more about Key Protect here.

Hyper Protect Crypto Services is a drop-in replacement for IBM Key Protect and exposes the same key management services. As a single-tenant service, it offers dedicated control of the Hardware Security Module per customer. It extends the family of key management services in the IBM Cloud towards single-tenant instances with dedicated hardware secret control.

New with this experimental update

  • Hyper Protect Crypto Services transitions from a backend Hardware Security Module for IBM Key Protect to a stand-alone key management system functionality. There is no further need to set up both services (all-in-one solution).
  • HSM Master Keys can now be customer managed (setup/delete) with an IBM Cloud CLI add-on from on-premises.
  • Deprecation of Advanced Crypto Service Provider (ACSP) Remote Hardware Security Module Services.
    • Already deployed experimental instances will continue to work until further notice.
    • No further management of experimental instances (create, delete, manage).
    • Attention: Please keep in mind that no migration is supported for experimental services.
  • Temporary unavailability of Hardware Security Module services in the updated service until further notice.

Monitoring IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service with Outlyer

For those of you using the IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service, IBM’s managed Kubernetes offering, you’ll be happy to hear that Outlyer, with its best-in-class Kubernetes monitoring, has you covered! Outlyer is now on IBM’s Cloud Marketplace, and we’ve extended our agent to support IBM Cloud instance metadata so you can see all the details about your nodes in our status views.

If you haven’t used IBM’s Cloud Kubernetes Service, it should definitely be on your list if you’re looking for a managed Kubernetes service. In our testing, it was really easy to spin up a cluster, upgrade it, and deploy services in minutes. Now, with just an additional two to three minutes, you can get complete visibility into your IBM Kubernetes cluster, too.

In our example below, we set up a three-node cluster on IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service and deployed an example microservice application to it to show how easy it is to set up all the application monitoring with Outlyer.

Getting started

Once you’ve created your Kubernetes Service cluster, just follow the instructions on the Access tab of the console to setup kubectl and then follow the instructions on our Kubernetes Documentation. In less than two minutes following the instructions, Outlyer should be fully deployed on your cluster and you should be able to see the cluster in Outlyer and all your Pods soon afterward:

The Outlyer agent automatically picks up the IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service instance metadata so that you can select and group your nodes and pods by region, availability zone, and other properties about the instance too. In our cluster above, you can see each of our nodes is deployed in a separate availability zone in IBM’s Dallas region.

The next step is to set up our Kubernetes integration in Outlyer, which only takes a couple of clicks when using our unique setup technology. This will install all the plugins, dashboards and views you need to monitor your cluster in Outlyer in only a few seconds:

And that’s it. You now have full visibility for your IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service cluster in less than five minutes, and you can just as easily monitor all your application pods and services on the cluster too!

Monitoring our microservice application

For a good example of how easy it is to set up monitoring of the services and applications you deploy on Kubernetes Service cluster, I deployed a simple eCommerce application called Sock Shop to the cluster:

kubectl apply -f https://github.com/microservices-demo/microservices-demo/blob/master/deploy/kubernetes/complete-demo.yaml

Once deployed, I configured a *saved Status Viewin Outlyer so I can see all my Kubernetes Pods organized by service. You can see I have a few MongoDB instances, MySQL, RabbitMQ, and some custom microservices that expose Prometheus endpoints:

Setting up monitoring for all of these services only takes a few more minutes by installing Outlyer’s out-of-the-box integrations that are automatically set up in the cluster once you configure the integration in the UI using our unique deployment technology as you saw above with our Kubernetes integration. For example, I can set up checks for all the microservice Pods using our Prometheus Integration to automatically scrape all the metrics from their endpoints. With just four integrations and 14 checks, I can monitor the entire application, and our auto-discovery technology will automatically start monitoring Pods as they come and go:

Now that I have all my checks configured and service statuses and metrics coming in, I can also create a custom dashboard to show the key metrics and status for all the services running my eCommerce site. Using widget links, I can also link specific widgets to other dashboards so I can easily click through into a more detailed dashboard if I see one of my services is down on the top-level dashboard:

And that’s it! In less than 10 minutes, we have complete monitoring of your IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service cluster and a sample eCommerce microservice application running in the cluster. From there, you can start putting your status views and dashboards on TV screens around the office, invite team members, easily set up real-time alerts, and use our powerful analytics to explore and understand all the metrics from your Kubernetes cluster and services.

MFA and Password Policies for Your Cloud-Native Apps with App ID and Updated Pricing

IBM Cloud App ID

If you are a developer building an application, IBM Cloud App ID makes it very easy to add user authentication. You can add authentication with few lines of code and forget about managing infrastructure to scale with your user base.

What’s new?

New capabilities are introduced to give you the option to strengthen the security of each authentication: multi-factor authentication (MFA) and advanced password policies. Both of these capabilities strengthen authentications for App ID’s Cloud Directory. Cloud Directory is App ID’s scalable user registry that lets users sign up through your application and then sign in with the credentials that they set (email and password or username and password). In addition to Cloud Directory, App ID supports enterprise sign-in (by federating SAML-based identity providers or custom ones) and social sign-in (Facebook and Google).

These advanced security features have an additional pricing component. When you enable either one of these features (or both) from the App ID console, each authentication event is charged also as an advanced security event. See the pricing section in the catalog page for more details. Note that these features are not available in App ID’s Lite plan or in App ID instances created before March 14, 2018.

Multi-factor authentication and advanced password policies

Multi-factor authentication

Multi-factor authentication (MFA) for Cloud Directory authentications offers email-based MFA to start. If you turn MFA on, users will be challenged to provide a one-time code they receive via email, in addition to their password, any time they sign in. Note that if you are using enterprise sign-in with SAML 2.0 or social login, you can enable MFA in the identity provider you are using, which is separate from MFA for Cloud Directory authentications described here.

Advanced password policies

When you enable the advanced password policy feature, you can enforce more secure passwords for Cloud Directory. In the App ID console, configure a set of rules that user passwords must conform to, including things like the number of times a user can try to sign in without getting locked out and the number of times a password can’t be repeated.

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Author: Debashree

A Technical writer and passionate about digital life. Always eager to learn and share knowledge.

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