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Intel and VMware's Partnership Delivers Heightened Cloud Server Data Integrity to the Hands of IT Experts

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August 30, 2012

Intel and VMware's Partnership Delivers Heightened Cloud Server Data Integrity to the Hands of IT Experts

By David Gitonga, TMCnet Contributing Writer

Intel (News - Alert) Corporation has gone public on its new partnership with VMware, aimed at delivering more versatile cloud computing services by combining the Intel Trusted Execution Technology (Intel TXT) with the newly released VMware vSphere 5.1.

Intel Corporation has bet on security by integrating security logistics directly into the processor’s hardware. This, combined with VMware vSphere 5.1, will offer a versatile platform to host critical business transactions in a virtually private cloud setting.

Cloud data centers are made up of virtualized servers shared across several users or departments regardless of the client’s business type. This comes with stringent security problems. The Intel TXT is an inherent security enhancement, so when combined with VMware vSphere 5.1, it puts organizations in a better position to manage such challenges.

Companies accessing cloud services through the technology will also realize increased efficiencies as it will be easier to move virtual machines across available clouds in search of “greener” clusters of servers. Intel and VMware have actualized the deployment of these capabilities by developing solution reference software architecture through the Intel Cloud Builder’s program.

According to Jason Waxman, general manager of Intel Cloud Infrastructure Group, Intel TXT avails hardware reinforcements that help overcome “some of the most challenging aspects of cloud security including detection and prevention of bios attacks.”

Therefore, the VMwarevSphere5.1 support of the TXT is crucial in the building of trustworthy virtualized infrastructures.

” VMware is pleased to partner with Intel to support Intel TXT in VMware vSphere 5.1,” said Bogomil Balkansky, senior vice president of Cloud Infrastructure Products at VMware, commenting on the partnership. Balkansky believes the combined capabilities of Intel TXT and VMware vSphere will empower customers to rest assured that their important data stored in the cloud servers is safe and sound.

This is in lieu with a recent global survey conducted by Intel about cloud security that showed that 61 percent of IT gurus expressed security concerns based on the inability to control shared data centers, with 57 percent being positive that they cannot save sensitive data on cloud servers.

This Intel and VMware partnership will definitely put a smile on the faces of many.

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Edited by Braden Becker

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