IBM Introduces Intel’s Chip Level Security to SoftLayer Cloud Computing Severs

SoftLayer is the first company in the ‘Cloud Computing Service’ domain to incorporate Intel’s chip based security in its services.

softlayerGREATRESPONDER.COM – This was announced by the SoftLayer Company on Monday, September 08, 2014 that it has implemented the most secure and robust security modules based on the Intel’s chips in its cloud computing services. The chip level security of Intel Corporation is based on the most cutting edge technology of the company called as Trusted Execution Technology (TXT). The TXT is the most powerful monitoring and security tool, which will be used in the cloud computing services for the SoftLayer enterprise customers. It was informed in the statement of the company that many companies that require very high level security will be able to get the level of security they are looking for such as, semi government, government and other organizations.

In his official statement, the chief technology officer at SoftLayer Cloud Computing Company, Mr. Marc Jones said, “TXT can offer a “chain-of-trust” from the SoftLayer servers back to an organization’s internal auditing and compliance monitoring processes. TXT also provides a validation that the device hasn’t been tampered with, and that there isn’t any man-in-the-middle spoofing. We can offer a chain-of-trust from the customer’s on-premise environment to the SoftLayer environment.” While talking about the features and capabilities of the TXT technology, Jones added that, “TXT also offers the ability to identify the exact location of a server through geolocational tracking, so the customer can be assured that its cloud server is located where SoftLayer claims it to be. Many government agencies require that their external cloud operations take place within their own jurisdiction. With TXT, I can know where my servers are in the cloud.”

It was further elaborated in the company statement that, the TXT is proven technology in terms of monitoring and security that will be very beneficial for many kinds of organizations such governmental, financial, and healthcare organizations. The chip is incorporated in Xeon processor; it verifies each and every cloud computing service components such as, hypervisor, operating system, and firmware to make sure that they are authentic and secure to be allowed in the cloud computing platform of SoftLayer. This technology is available in different Soft Layer’s bare metal servers such as, Xeon E-5 4600, Xeon E-5 1200-V3, and Xeon E-5 2600-V2. The more processors would be added with other releases.

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Westpac Bank Partners With IBM to Use SoftLayer Private Cloud Computing Services

Westpac Bank will transform its entire existing legacy banking systems to IBM’s private cloud computing services to make them modern, secure and efficient.

westpacGREATRESPONDER.COM – This was announced by IBM Corporation NZ today on Thursday August 21, 2014 that it has bagged a five year contract with New Zealand’s top bank for upgrading its digital banking systems by utilizing the private cloud computing infrastructure of IBM’s SoftLayer Company. The statement further elaborated that this contract is includes up gradation and migration of many digital services of the bank to the IBM cloud computing infrastructure based in Auckland data center of the company.

It was further informed in the statement that the modern IT infrastructure of the bank would be able to support many features, capabilities and online banking services of the bank based on the private cloud computing platform. Westpac Bank plans to run mobile banking services and many other digital banking services influenced by the trend on the social media and other form of modern communication. The bank is planning to run many online services based on the IBM cloud computing infrastructure to offer high level of security, reliability, scalability of the services on multiple platforms and devices such as, mobile, tablets, laptops, desktops and others. The single ID user access, and identity management is being enforced with the help of IBM cloud infrastructure to make the services more robust and secure.

“IBM’s private cloud platform would further enable increased development of Westpac’s digital capabilities as it responds to customer demands for a more personalized, convenient way of banking. The platform provides a robust and advanced infrastructure enabling a seamless online banking experience across multiple devices. This supports our goal of being New Zealand’s leading digital bank” says the interim CIO of Westpac bank, Mr. Jason Millett. He further added that, “In addition, IBM’s local and global expertise, commitment to work within our regulatory framework, deep knowledge of our business and industry, and responsive commercial models provide a market leading offering that can support our changing needs over time.”

In his official statement, Mr. Rob Lee, the MD IBM New Zealand said, “Westpac’s underlying IT systems must operate uninterrupted, be secure and be able to support future needs as customers increasingly engage on mobiles and tablet devices. Our relationship with Westpac New Zealand is one of our longest and closest, marked by a high degree of innovation and collaboration. We continue to invest in skills and advanced technologies including our cloud solutions to help deliver on their vision to be New Zealand’s leading digital bank.”

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California State Partners with IBM to Implement Cloud Computing Servers for State’s Official Data

The public private partnership between California State and IBM of worth $400 million would transfer the data of more than 400 state agencies into the cloud computing based servers.

IBM Cloud ComputingGREATRESPONDER.COM – This was announced by IBM and the California state government yesterday, that both of the parties are going to establish a partnership based on public private partnership (PPP) scheme to run the data services of different agencies of the state by using the cloud computing servers implemented by the IBM.

In the official statement issued by the both stakeholders, it was informed that this partnership would help the California state to benefit from the power of cloud computing servers offered by Big Blue, the giant provider of cloud based services. It was further elaborated about the partnership that the program will be spread over the span of five years, and the cost of the entire project is estimated at about $400 million. This partnership with the IBM would help more than 400 agencies belonging to state and local administration to transfer their official databases and online services into the cloud computing based servers running in the cloud installations of IBM’s SoftLayer subsidiary.

While elaborating about the kind of data that will be transferred into the cloud computing based servers of IBM, it was informed that the citizen’s data – social security, tax, welfare, and other – of the entire state would be parked in the cloud.

The California state has coined the term “CalCloud” for this entire cloud computing based partnership, which will be fully managed by the dedicated team of IBM Corporation.

In his statement, the senior vice president of IBM Global Technologies, Mr. Erich Clementi said, “Transforming how the State of California delivers technology services is not only more efficient and cost effective, it will spur innovation with cloud capabilities that are open and secure,” he further added that “California is setting an example for other states on how to use cloud technology to improve coordination across agencies and municipalities while reducing the barriers and duplication that can impede the delivery of government services.”

Meanwhile, the project director of CalCloud project, Mr. Neeraj Chauhan, in his statement said, “As our customers share resources, we become more efficient in delivering services and being able to reduce the cost of delivering those services.”

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