June 2011 was a month intensely focused on PCI-DSS compliance with one of SOLORI’s retail customers. June was the finish line dash for a project that we been working on for many months. It’s been a road with heartbreaking twists and turns as we continued to discover new and complex compliance hurdles beneath the layer of protocols and application interactions.
About 3 months ago we turned a corner and made the decision to integrate View 4.6 into the compliance mitigation process. This choice allowed us to secure client communications over the public LAN and insulate the compliance application environment from the rest of the client’s environment. It also began a new round of protocol discovery and firewall architectures to conquer.
Fortunately, we had the “rock” of vSphere build the new infrastructure of reporting, logging, access control and network monitoring necessary to close the compliance gaps in a staggeringly short amount of time. Without the IT agility provided by vSphere and VMware View, we could have never closed in time.
After being sequestered away under the mountain of documents, policies and new initiatives, I began my first “compliance free” day in months with the following good news:
Dear Collin MacMillan,
We’re pleased to designate you as a vExpert 2011 as recognition of your contributions to the VMware, virtualization, and cloud computing communities. You’ve done work above and beyond, and we’re delighted to communicate more closely, to share resources, and to offer other opportunities for greater interaction throughout the year as we continue to grow knowledge and success in the community of IT professionals. Welcome to the vExpert 2011 Program!
Thanks for all you do. The vExpert Program is going to be great this year, and we’re looking forward to working with you!
All the best,
John Troyer (vExpert Program Manager) and the VMware Social Media Team
No John, THANK YOU! This program – and the accompanying exposure to some of the best and most talented VMware “gurus” on the planet – provides an incredible and invaluable opportunity for this relatively obscure blogger and his consultancy. I am proud and honored to be selected again for VMware’s vExpert program; I look forward to contributing by any means possible.