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Mar 2 2010   4:52AM GMT

Secure cloud concept built on new Intel processor

Marcia Savage Marcia Savage Profile: Marcia Savage

At a press event here on the opening day of the RSA Conference in San Francisco, EMC’s security division, RSA, along with Intel and VMWare unveiled a proof of concept for creating secure and compliant cloud services.  An interesting aspect of this “vision” was its foundation — an upcoming new processor from Intel called Westmere.

The processor for servers features seven new instructions for accelerating encryption and decryption, an executive with Intel’s data center group said. It also features Intel’s Trusted Execution Technology to deliver “a new base root of trust,” he said. An RSA press release said the technology “authenticates each and every step of the boot sequence, from verifying hardware configurations and initializing the BIOS to launching the hypervisor.”

Other components of the RSA/Intel/VMWare concept, which is going to be demonstrated at the conference, are security information and event management (RSA’s enVision technology) and GRC management software (from Archer Technologies, which was recently acquired by EMC). The idea is to provide cloud services with greater visibility, finer controls and streamlined compliance, the companies said.

Pat Gelsinger, president and chief operating officer, EMC Information Infrastructure Products, said the proof of concept “portends to a more secure, more compliant environment” and encompasses both public and private cloud services.

VMWare is owned by EMC.

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