SAN FRANCISCO—Intel Corp. will collaborate with VMware Inc. to deliver a platform for "trusted cloud" that combines Intel's Trusted Execution Technology (TXT) and VMware's vSphere 5.1, platform for building cloud infrastructures, Intel said Monday (Aug. 27).
Intel (Santa Clara, Calif.) said its hardware-enhanced security capabilities integrated directly into the processor combined with vSphere 5.1 would provide a hardened and high-integrity platform to run business-critical applications in private and public cloud environments.
While companies are expanding their use of cloud computing to improve agility and efficiencies, Intel noted that concerns about security remains a top barrier to adoption.
"Intel TXT provides hardware enforcement to help overcome some of the most challenging aspects of cloud security, including detection and prevention of bios attacks and evolving forms of stealthy malware, such as rootkits," said Jason Waxman, general manager of Intel's Cloud Infrastructure Group, in a statement. "VMware vSphere 5.1 support of TXT is essential to building a foundation of trust in virtualized infrastructures and the cloud and is ready for deployment."
Intel said a recent global survey of about cloud security found that 61 percent of IT professionals are were concerned a lack of control and insight about security capabilities of shared, virtualized datacenter resources. IT pros also have concerns about not having adequate tools to protect against cyber-attacks and 57 percent will not put sensitive data that must meet specific compliance requirements into cloud datacenters, according to Intel. Fifty-five percent or respondents said they worry about loss of control of data stored off premise in public cloud provider datacenters, Intel said.
In cloud datacenters, servers are typically virtualized and shared across multiple departments or customers and are no longer dedicated to specific lines of business, creating new security concerns, Intel said.