Develop Secure Cloud Services for Enterprise Computing

John Rowell describes the challenges of cloud services, offering lessons for IT managers

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Building a private cloud? Considering external cloud services? Chief Technology Officer John Rowell shares his experiences leading the team that designed OpSource’s infrastructure as a service (IaaS) cloud. The OpSource* cloud provides enterprise-level performance and availability for service providers, telecoms, and other enterprise segments while giving OpSource a dense, scalable foundation for a public cloud.

Rowell’s team chose the eight-core Intel® Xeon® processor 7560 to run enterprise workloads and minimize unused virtual machine (VM) capacity, with a unified switching fabric based on 10 gigabit Ethernet (10 GbE) to reduce latency. They designed a multilayered, defense-in-depth security architecture, and are looking forward to using Intel Trusted Execution Technology (Intel TXT)* to provide added protection against malware.

Rowell says orchestration is the critical piece that separates the cloud from virtualization and provides the flexibility that users expect from the cloud. A good orchestration solution should offer fine-grained controls, transparent visibility, and easy-to-use self-service provisioning. If you’re establishing an internal cloud, build in the flexibility to access public cloud capabilities as well.

* No computer system can provide absolute security under all conditions. Intel Trusted Execution Technology (Intel TXT) requires a computer system with Intel Virtualization Technology, an Intel TXT–enabled processor, a chipset, a BIOS, Authenticated Code Modules, and an Intel TXT–compatible measured launched environment (MLE). Intel TXT also requires the system to contain a TPM v1.s. For more information, visit intel.com/technology/security.