IBM Taps Intel To Secure SoftLayer

Global cloud infrastructure platform SoftLayer announced today that it would be offering bare metal servers powered by Intel technology in an attempt to assure enterprise customers that their mission-critical data is secure, even when uploaded to the cloud. SoftLayer, an IBM company, will be using IntelEUs Trusted Execution Technology (TXT), which provides hardware monitoring and security controls directly on the hardware.

The announcement comes only a week after a massive security flaw in AppleEUs iCloud platform allowed a hacker to steal personal data from dozens of celebrities. The hack caused consumers and enterprises to question how safe their data really is with a cloud storage provider.

Security Concerns Limiting Cloud Adoption

According to SoftLayer, security concerns remain the biggest barriers to widespread enterprise cloud adoption. The issue is even more critical for enterprise clients involved in handling particularly sensitive data.

SoftLayer's CTO Marc Jones said in a statement that the agreement makes his company the only cloud provider with bare-metal platform offering IntelEUs security technology. The company said it is targeting large enterprises subject to compliance and audit regulations, such as healthcare, financial services and government organizations.

"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 Rick Echevarria, Vice President of Intel Security Group, General Manager, Intel Security Platform and Solutions Divisions.

SoftLayer is not the first provider to offer TXT. Recently, security vendor HyTrust revealed that it would use TXT to offer application and data security functions to clients, including the ability to validate hardware specifications for particular workloads, control geographic boundaries, and separate virtual workloads.

More Control of the Hardware

Intel TXT works by verifying a systemEUs components from its operating system to its boot firmware and hardware. TXT then grants or denies permission to...

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