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Cloud Computing

Vendor Round Table: Cloud Security

Vendors Answer IT’s Questions about Cloud Security
Why you should read this document
This guide is designed to help you better evaluate different cloud technology vendors and service providers based on a series of questions posed to three cloud infrastructure providers, three managed or hosted infrastructure providers, and three cloud technology providers.

Their answers include:

  • Descriptions of the security components of the current offerings, including solution architecture and user benefits
  • How the current offerings protect data and infrastructure and simplify compliance
  • The way their solutions establish or enforce trust in the cloud
  • How return on investment is demonstrated
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Storage Virtualization

Intel SSD 910 Series Delivers High Performance and Reliability for Data Center Tiering and Caching

Intel introduced today the Intel® Solid-State Drive 910 Series (Intel® SSD 910 Series), a super high-performing SSD to address rigorous data center storage demands driven by cloud computing, virtualization and online transactions.

  • PCIe-based 400GB and 800GB Intel SSD 910 Series provides extreme performance, endurance and reliability for rigorous data center demands.
  • Intel SSD 910 Series offers easy-to-install, seamless post-deployment server storage upgrade with no changes to existing server design.
  • Using Intel High Endurance Technology, Intel SSD 910 offers 10 full drive writes a day for 5 years for 30x endurance.*

The Intel SSD 910 Series delivers accelerated storage performance, endurance and reliability critical to today’s data center performance applications. It includes Intel High Endurance Technology and optimized multi-level cell (MLC) 25-nanometer NAND flash memory, that allows up to 10 full drive writes a day for 5 years, or a 30x endurance improvement* over its standard MLC-based flash products, for a cost-effective storage solution.

The Intel SSD 910 is PCIe-based and offers an easy-to-install, seamless post-deployment server storage upgrade that requires no changes to existing server design. It can be used in storage tiering and caching of hot files for high-performance processing and access to mission-critical data. One Intel 910 SSD can replace multiple 15K rpm hard disk drives (HDDs) to not only save on space and power consumption, but also improve sequential performance and storage scalability and reduce latencies. It is built using an Intel controller and Intel SSD management firmware. The firmware is optimized for less wear and includes NAND error reduction and system error management.

“The Intel SSD 910 Series is a complete solution that delivers on all fronts: high performance, endurance and reliability, making it ideal for replacing I/O-intensive HDDs,” said Roger Peene, director of data center SSD marketing for the Intel Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group. “As a leader in SSD technology, data center IT professionals can have confidence in a tier-one, easy-to-install SSD solution backed by Intel quality, reliability and technical support.”

“Supermicro works closely with leading technology companies so we can offer our customers Data Center Optimized (DCO) server solutions with the highest performance and highest efficiency,” said Tau Leng, general manager of High Performance Computing at Super Micro Computer Inc. “With the Intel SSD 910, server systems can achieve higher levels of CPU utilization to take advantage of increased processing power from advanced products like the Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-2600 Series. This is yet another example of working with Intel to test and qualify products, so we can lower our customers’ total cost of ownership and reduce their time-to-market.”

The Intel SSD 910 Series expands Intel’s offerings for data center applications with its first entry in the 900 family of its highest-performing, PCIe-based SSDs. The Intel SSD 900 Family joins Intel’s other high-volume SSD solutions for the data center including the Intel 700 SSD Family of SATA-based SSDs with High Endurance Technology and the Intel SSD 300 Family of SATA SSDs for a broad range of server and storage applications.

Performance measures of the Intel SSD 910 Series 800GB drive include 2 gigabytes-per-second (GB/s) sustained sequential reads and 1GB/s sequential writes; up to 180,000 4K random read Input-Output Operations Per Second (IOPS) and 75,000 4K random write IOPS. It comes in 400GB and 800GB capacities. Samples are now available for data center customers to begin quality and validation cycles. General production availability is scheduled for mid-2012.

Pricing for the Intel SSD 910 Series is $1,929 for the 400GB capacity and $3,859 for 800GB. It comes with a 5-year limited warranty. See full warranty details at: www.intel.com/support/ssdc/hpssd/sb/CS-029645.htm

*Based on 8K random writes and comparing Intel HET SSD solutions to SSD solutions based on standard Intel MLC NAND flash memory.

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Cloud Computing

Intel Creates AppUp Small Business Service on Hybrid Cloud

Innovative Hybrid Cloud Design Enables Partners to Offer Small Businesses Catalog of Pay-As-You-Use Software with Onsite Server that’s Managed Remotely

Intel Corporation today launched the Intel AppUp Small Business Service, an innovative service running on the Intel® Hybrid Cloud platform that enables server manufacturers, software vendors, and service providers to offer small businesses key advantages of cloud computing with applications and data running on their own premises.

Intel’s AppUp Small Business Service, enabled by the Intel Hybrid Cloud platform, represents a new business model for Intel. The solution consists of a server, a catalog of prepackaged small business applications from a broad range of software providers, and Intel-developed software to securely manage and track use of the application software. Small business customers access the solution through service providers, paying on a monthly basis for the software they use, just like in the cloud, but getting the responsiveness and control of running their applications and data onsite.

“We developed the Intel AppUp Small Business Service to build a foundation on which the industry can innovate and provide small business customers with a more convenient, secure, and high-performance experience,” said Bridget Karlin, general manager, Intel Hybrid Cloud. “Small businesses are the ultimate beneficiaries because this service gives them a compelling new option for improving their business results through IT. This Intel-based solution comes ready to use, and doesn’t require their own IT staff or the capital cost of a server.”

The Intel AppUp Small Business Service’s innovations include use of a subscription-based delivery model for software applications. Intel-developed software activates, deactivates, and then tracks the customer’s usage of those applications on a platform that is secured using Intel® Trusted Execution Technology (Intel® TXT) in Intel® Xeon® processors.

Each month, that server tracks software usage and sends a secure encrypted report to an Intel data center. Intel invoices the small business’s service provider, which bills the small business customer.

In addition, service providers can remotely manage their customers’ servers that employ this Intel Hybrid Cloud reference design by using a Web portal hosted by Intel and secured by a Web application firewall and HTTPS encrypted communication. Using Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT), service providers can remotely troubleshoot, diagnose, and support the servers, saving the time and cost of sending a technician onsite in most cases.

Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT) and virtualization software enable delivery of “virtual appliances” to the small business user, providing pre-integrated operating systems and small business software that can be turned on or off as needed, and easily maintained by the service provider.

The Intel AppUp Small Business Service provides an innovative delivery mechanism and a catalog of a wide variety of software for small businesses from software providers including, Astaro, GFI Software, gloStream, Intuit, Level Platforms, Microsoft, SIOS, Tally, and Vembu. A growing number of applications will be soon available in the catalog from additional software providers including Allscripts, Apani, Asigra, ClearCenter, Coversant, Critical Links, Elina Networks, Ensim, eTurns, Fonality, KineticD, Lumension, McAfee, Novell, Pragma Systems, StorageCraft, Symantec, and WorkSpace Communications.

Service providers work with their small business customers to choose what they need from the catalog. The service provider orders the solution and the Intel AppUp Small Business Service delivers the software to the Intel Hybrid Cloud server deployed at the customer’s premises.

Initial server platforms include the Lenovo ThinkServer TS200v and a white box server. A range of additional server models from Acer, NEC and others will soon be available.

The Intel AppUp Small Business Service is available now to qualified IT service providers and MSPs in North America and India. Intel expects to expand the program to other countries.

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Network Virtualization

Intel Simplifies the Data Center, Speeds Up Cloud Adoption

New Technology Aims to Speed Up Cloud Adoption, Lower Costs and Environmental Impact

Intel Corporation took a further step today to simplify the data center by introducing a free new technology that enables all data center traffic to run over a single cable using the Intel® 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10 GbE) Server Adapter X520 family.

Unified networking allows IT departments to create flexible superhighways in virtualized data centers by consolidating multiple data and storage networks onto a single 10GbE network. The consolidation of cabling equipment can help reduce global IT spending by $3 billion a year, and the 400 million feet of global data center cabling saved is enough to wrap around the Earth three times.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Intel announces free unified networking technology that enables all data center traffic to run over a single cable using Intel 10GbE server adapters.
  • The consolidation of cabling equipment can help reduce global IT spending by $3 billion a year and the 400 million feet of global data center cabling saved is enough to wrap around the Earth three times.
  • Industry support of Intel Open FCoE, include Cisco*, Dell*, EMC*, NetApp*, Oracle* and Red Hat*

A simple and high-speed unified data center network is a cornerstone of Intel’s Cloud 2015 vision and Open Data Center initiative, which were announced in October. Unified networking on 10GbE creates a simpler data center infrastructure that is easier to manage, yet can accommodate the heavy network traffic of the cloud.

“What’s frustrating for IT managers is that most of the data center dollars are spent on infrastructure costs, not on innovation,” said Kirk Skaugen, vice president and general manager, Data Center Group, Intel. “Expanding Intel Ethernet to include Open FCoE will help simplify the network and drive more of the IT budget toward innovation. We think IT departments can lower infrastructure costs by 29 percent, reduce power by almost 50 percent and cut cable costs by 80 percent by moving to a unified network.”

Intel’s Open FCoE integrates capabilities into the operating system to deliver full unified networking without the need for additional expensive, proprietary hardware. IT departments can use common management tools for server network and storage connectivity while integrating seamlessly with existing Fibre Channel environments.

“A unified fabric supports both compute and storage resources over a high-bandwidth transport to deliver greater data center efficiency, simplify management and can accelerate the deployment of virtualization and cloud-based services,” said Soni Jiandani, vice president of marketing, Server Access and Virtualization Technology Group, Cisco. “The Cisco Nexus 10 Gigabit Ethernet switches and the Cisco Unified Computing System servers both support Intel’s Open FCoE 10 Gigabit Ethernet adapters to provide our customers with greater choice for cost-effective, scalable unified fabric access.”

Intel has worked closely with key industry leaders to certify and ensure a strong ecosystem of compatible solutions. Companies supporting the Open FCoE solution include Cisco*, Dell*, EMC*, NetApp*, Oracle* and Red Hat*.

“Server virtualization and converged storage networking, based on a shared 10 Gigabit Ethernet fabric, are key ingredients for a cost-effective infrastructure,” said Paul Brown, vice president and general manager, Storage Networking Business, EMC. “Achieving EMC E-Lab qualification is a gold standard in our industry for server, networking and storage interoperability. The extensive work done to qualify and validate the Intel Ethernet Server Adapter X520 will give our customers confidence that the product will integrate seamlessly with the EMC Symmetrix VMAX and EMC VNX family of storage products.”

“Open FCoE fits well with Dell’s delivery of open, capable, and affordable solutions because it utilizes components in the operating system to simplify the deployment and operation of converged networks,” said Brian Payne, executive director, PowerEdge Marketing Group, Dell.

The Intel Open FCoE software stack is available as a free upgrade on existing X520 family products.