Patent Number: 7,822,982

Title: Method and apparatus for automatic and secure distribution of a symmetric key security credential in a utility computing environment

Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide a method and an apparatus for automatic, secure, and confidential distribution of a symmetric key security credential in a utility computing environment. In one method embodiment, the present invention establishes a symmetric key at a management server, the symmetric key automatically associated with a logical device identifier of a provisionable resource. Additionally, an isolated virtual network is established between the management server and the provisionable resource for providing the symmetric key to the provisionable resource. Then, after the symmetric key is provided to the provisionable resource the isolated virtual network between the management server and the provisionable resource is dissolved.

Inventors: Raikar; Amit (Sunnyvale, CA)

Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.

International Classification: H04L 9/32 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 2018-10-26 0:00:00