BIG BLUE IBM has announced that its Softlayer subsidiary will be the first cloud service to offer bare metal servers powered by Intel technology that provides monitoring and security down to the microchip level.
Intel's Trusted Execution Technology (TXT) delivers hardware monitoring and security controls to help assure customers that a workload hosted at a known Softlayer location is running on trusted hardware. IBM and Intel said that this assurance provides an essential level of confidence - even including compliance certification - for users hosting sensitive, mission-critical operations in the cloud.
"Security perception remains the biggest hurdle for widespread enterprise cloud adoption," said Softlayer CTO Marc Jones.
"Softlayer is the only bare metal cloud platform offering Intel TXT, leading the industry in enabling customers to build hybrid and cloud environments that can be trusted from end to end."
Intel TXT verifies the components of a computing system from its operating system or hypervisor all the way to its boot firmware and hardware. Because Intel TXT is activated during boot up, this added security does not add any performance overhead to applications.
To use Intel TXT, Softlayer customers need only order bare metal servers with an Intel Trusted Platform module (TPM) installed. Once activated and deployed with attestation root of trust software, Intel TXT allows clients to build trusted computing pools of IT resources in the cloud with an added level of visibility and control.
IBM said that Intel TXT is especially advantageous for large enterprises subject to compliance and audit regulations, such as healthcare, financial services and government organizations. It helps ensure that trusted resources can be integrated, managed and reported on with the relevant compliance frameworks (HIPAA, PCI, FedRAMP, ISO, FISMA, SSAE16).
It explained that with Softlayer infrastructure and Intel TXT, these organizations will be able to certify that a cloud computing pool is appropriately secured for workloads with exposures such as governance and enterprise risk, information and life-cycle management, compliance and audit, application security, identity and access management and incident response.
"It is becoming increasingly important to provide cloud environments with the same, if not greater levels of security as your on premise technology environments," said Intel Security Group VP and GM of the Intel Security Platform and Solutions Divisions Rick Echevarria.
"By building on IBM's history of security innovation [and] based on Intel TXT, Softlayer is demonstrating that such levels of cloud security are now possible and available."
IBM said it will offer services to help Softlayer customers implement this security assurance capability in their applications and operations.
For more information about Intel support for cloud deployments, visit the Intel IT Center. µ
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