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Simplifying the Cloud On-Boarding Process...Securely

As we talk to customers, they are looking for ways to simplify the Cloud On-boarding process as they migrate application workloads between cloud environments.

As we talk to customers, they are looking for ways to simplify the Cloud On-boarding process as they migrate application workloads between cloud environments.

In today's virtualized data centers, migrating an entire application and its associated virtual machine(s) from site to site can be complex. Migrations of mission- critical applications need to happen quickly and seamlessly with no impact to the underlying storage that supports your applications.

Storage federation enables IT to quickly and efficiently support the business through pools of resources that can be dynamically allocated. This flexibility elevates the value IT offers within the business, as application and data movement is possible for better support of services. To address the need for mobility and flexibility to support cloud on-boarding and cloud bursting, EMC has developed federation-based storage solutions to provide cooperating pools of storage resources.

EMC VPLEX Metro delivers a virtual storage solution which addresses the need for cloud on-boarding through federation-delivering cooperating pools of storage resources. Federation enables IT to quickly and efficiently support the business through pools of resources that can be dynamically allocated.

As customers move on-board applications between cloud environments, they must ensure that the hosts that they are migrating virtual machines to are secure. Intel® Trusted Execution Technology (Intel® TXT) allows you to validate the launch status of the host, thereby enabling the on-boarding of virtual machines onto trusted hosts while preventing virtual machines from being migrated to un-trusted hosts.

Intel TXT is a set of enhanced hardware components designed to protect sensitive information from software-based attacks. Intel TXT features include capabilities in the microprocessor, chipset, I/O subsystems, and other platform components. When coupled with an enabled operating system, hypervisor, and enabled applications, these capabilities provide confidentiality and integrity of data in the face of increasingly hostile environments.

For more information, download the reference architecture from the Intel® Cloud Builders site here.

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