IBM Expands the Institute for Electronic Government in Washington to Focus on Advancements in Analytics and Cloud Computing Virtual Collaboratory to Connect Thousands of Government Leaders Globally
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Cloud security: the grand challenge
In addition to the usual challenges of developing secure IT systems, cloud computing
presents an added level of risk because essential services are often outsourced to a third
party. The externalized aspect of outsourcing makes it harder to maintain data integrity and
privacy, support data and service availability, and demonstrate compliance.
In effect, cloud computing shifts much of the control over data and operations from the client
organization to their cloud providers, much in the same way organizations entrust part of their
IT operations to outsourcing companies. Even basic tasks, such as applying patches and
configuring firewalls, can become the responsibility of the cloud service provider, not the user.
This means that clients must establish trust relationships with their providers and understand
the risk in terms of how these providers implement, deploy, and manage security on their
behalf. This trust but verify relationship between cloud service providers and consumers is
critical because the cloud service consumer is still ultimately responsible for compliance and
protection of their critical data, even if that workload had moved to the cloud. In fact, some
organizations choose private or hybrid models over public clouds because of the risks
associated with outsourcing services.
Other aspects about cloud computing also require a major reassessment of security and risk.
Inside the cloud, it is difficult to physically locate where data is stored. Security processes that
were once visible are now hidden behind layers of abstraction. This lack of visibility can create
a number of security and compliance issues.
In addition, the massive sharing of infrastructure with cloud computing creates a significant
difference between cloud security and security in more traditional IT environments. Users
spanning different corporations and trust levels often interact with the same set of computing
resources. At the same time, workload balancing, changing service level agreements, and
other aspects of today's dynamic IT environments create even more opportunities for
misconfiguration, data compromise, and malicious conduct.
Infrastructure sharing calls for a high degree of standardized and process automation, which
can help improve security by eliminating the risk of operator error and oversight. However, the
risks inherent with a massively shared infrastructure mean that cloud computing models must
still place a strong emphasis on isolation, identity, and compliance.
Cloud computing is available in several service models (and hybrids of these models). Each
presents different levels of responsibility for security management. Figure 1 on page 3 depicts
the different cloud computing models. READ MORE>
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FleetCor Selects Brocade to Provide Cloud-Optimized Network Services for 500,000 Commercial Accounts
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Leading Fuel Card Provider Values Brocade Market Leadership, Reliability and Network Security
SAN JOSE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 07/19/11 -- Brocade (NASDAQ: BRCD) today announced that FleetCor, a leading independent global provider of specialized payment products and services to businesses, commercial fleets, major oil companies, petroleum marketers and government fleets, has selected Brocade as the vendor to build its cloud-optimized network. This new network enhances FleetCor's ability to securely process millions of transactions monthly and ultimately better serve its commercial accounts in 18 countries in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia.
Millions of commercial payment cards are in the hands of FleetCor cardholders worldwide, and they are used to purchase billions of gallons of fuel per year. Given this volume of network-based transactions, network reliability, scalability and security were critical factors for FleetCor to consider in its selection process to maintain superior customer satisfaction.
In addition, FleetCor selected Brocade as its networking expert to help evolve its data center and IT operations into a more agile private cloud infrastructure. Brocade® cloud-optimized networks are designed to reduce network complexity while increasing performance and reliability. Brocade solutions for private cloud networking are purpose-built to support highly virtualized data centers.
"When we evaluated networking vendors to build our private cloud, we looked at market leadership and non-stop access to critical data," said Waddaah Keirbeck, senior vice president global IT, FleetCor. "Brocade cloud-optimized networking solutions are perfect for our data centers because they allow us to optimize applications faster, virtually eliminate downtime and help us meet service level agreements for our customers. Moving to a cloud-based model also provides us the flexibility to make adjustments on the fly and access secure information virtually anywhere and anytime."
FleetCor installed a Brocade MLXe router for each of its three data centers, citing scalability as a major driver for the purchase. This approach enables FleetCor to virtualize its geographically distributed data centers and leverage the equipment it already has, at the highest level, to achieve maximum return on investment. The Brocade MLXe provides additional benefits for FleetCor by using less power and has a smaller footprint than competitive routers; critical in power-and space-constrained locations in order to allow for growth. The Brocade MLXe also enables continuous business operation for FleetCor based on Multi-Chassis Trunking, massive scalability supporting highest 100 GbE density in the industry with no performance degradation for advanced features like IPv6 and flexible chassis options to meet network and business requirements.
The Brocade ServerIron ADX Series of high-performance application delivery switches provides FleetCor with a broad range of application optimization functions to help ensure the reliable delivery of critical applications. Purpose-built for large-scale, low-latency environments, these switches accelerate application performance, load-balance high volumes of data and improve application availability while making the most efficient use of the company's existing infrastructure. It also delivers dynamic application provisioning and de-provisioning for FleetCor's highly virtualized data center, enables seamless migration and translation to IPv6 with unmatched performance.
As an added benefit for its bottom line, through the use of Brocade ADX Series switches and Brocade MLX™ Series routers FleetCor has eliminated thousands of costly networking cables, saving it hundreds of thousands of dollars and allowing the company to segment, streamline and secure its network. FleetCor has also been able to easily integrate Brocade network technology with third-party offerings already installed in the network, for complete investment protection. FleetCor anticipates moving to 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) solutions for its backbone switch in the near future.
"We wanted a dependable, secure, redundant, 24 by 7 backbone switch in each of our data centers to help us leverage the benefits of cloud computing and the Brocade MLXe delivered on all fronts," said Keirbeck. "By virtualizing our data center, Brocade allows for non-stop access to the mission-critical data that FleetCor and its customers rely on every day. We chose the Brocade MLXe because of the tremendous results we already saw from our existing Brocade solutions and the exceptional support and service."
According to a report from analyst firm Gartner, "Although 'economic
affordability' is an immediate, attractive benefit, the biggest
advantages (of cloud services) result from characteristics such as
built-in elasticity and scalability, reduced barriers to entry,
flexibility in service provisioning and agility in contracting."(1)
United States Army Advances Ethernet Infrastructure to Optimize Applications and Deliver Mission-Critical Military Information
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June 1, 2011
United States Army Advances Ethernet Infrastructure to Optimize Applications and Deliver Mission-Critical Military Information
Brocade Improves Business Continuity With Non-Stop Networking and Maximum Performance
SAN JOSE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 06/01/11 -- Brocade (NASDAQ: BRCD) today announced it is working with the United States Army as part of the Installation Information Infrastructure Modernization Program (I3MP) at Fort Carson to create a highly resilient network to support advanced voice, video and critical military applications in an effort to modernize the base's core enterprise information infrastructure. This installation represents one of the largest core-to-edge deployments of 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE)-ready routers and 10 GbE aggregation and LAN switches.
Fort Carson, winner of the Network Enterprise Center (NEC) of the Year award, is a United States Army installation located in Colorado. Its 137,000-acre facility is home to critical members of the military, including the 4th Infantry Division, the 10th Special Forces Group, the 71st Ordnance Group (EOD), the 4th Engineer Battalion, the 759th Military Police Battalion, the 10th Combat Support Hospital, the 43rd Sustainment Brigade and the 13th Air Support Operations Squadron of the United States Air Force. Due to the sheer number of users requiring more bandwidth to support emerging forms of external and inter-base network communication, Fort Carson required an infrastructure refresh that would provide scalability for growth while simplifying the delivery of latency-sensitive voice, video and data.
This mission-critical imperative was successfully solved by deploying 100 GbE-ready Brocade® NetIron® XMR Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) IPv6-ready core routers as the backbone of the network. The MPLS capabilities provide superior efficiency, Quality of Service (QoS) and reduced latency times for critical online applications and services. As a result, Fort Carson's personnel can minimize network bottlenecks by prioritizing their delay-sensitive traffic over a path with minimal hops and lower congestion -- helping boost overall productivity and expedite response to urgent situations.
In the federal government, network manageability is a top priority for IT managers. A challenge has been deploying scalable solutions that are cost-effective and do not degrade or impair network performance. Through the use of Brocade IronView® Network Manager, customers can leverage the power of sFlow scalability and wire-speed operation to deliver a network-wide solution for detecting and monitoring network traffic without impacting application performance. This is a significant advantage over alternative network management solutions that are limited in their scope and that can impact performance when implemented as inline appliances.
The entire Brocade network solution meets the stringent Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Joint Interoperability and Test Center (JITC) requirements. DISA JITC's mission is to support the war-fighter with direct technical assistance and to conduct performance and interoperability testing and certification for net-centric strategic voice, video and data networking systems integral to the Department of Defense (DoD) Global Information Grid.
"The selection of Brocade by the United States Army's I3MP program is a significant win for Brocade, highlighting our proven expertise in providing high-performance, non-stop networking solutions to government organizations worldwide," said John McHugh, chief marketing officer, Brocade. "By meeting the I3MP network and service requirements, Brocade is well-positioned to further extend its market presence within the government sector as a leading networking provider to support and optimize mission-critical applications."
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A quick summary of the latest announcements
April 2011 | by Nick Harris
In the cover story this month, Lee Cleveland, Distinguished Engineer, Power Systems direct attach storage, and Andy Walls, Distinguished Engineer, chief hardware architect for DS8000 and solid-state drives (SSDs), sat down to talk about all of the new storage technologies IBM has been releasing lately. What I didn’t have room for in the article was a nice summary of the technologies that can help you improve access, manage growth, protect data, reduce costs or reduce complexity. Whatever your goals, IBM has an integrated storage option for every organization.
Here are the quick highlights of the latest storage announcements:
IBM Storwize V7000
New advanced software functions
New easy-to-use, Web-based GUI
Proven IBM software functionalities
IBM Storwize Rapid Application Storage Solution
Runs on: AIX 7.1-5.3, IBM i 7.1-6.1 (with VIOS), Red Hat and SUSE Linux, z/VSE, Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X
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ProtecTier deduplication offers 25-to-1 reduction and online backup
In June, IBM debuted ProtecTIER* deduplication solutions for AIX* and IBM i. ProtecTIER offers solutions to those who can’t complete backup operations in a given window, have difficulty protecting rapidly growing amounts of data or find their current backup infrastructure unreliable.
With data amounts growing, deduplication is becoming a vital part of data management, backup and recovery. “One of the reasons ProtecTIER is so crucial is because of the crazy growth the world is experiencing as it moves to an all-digital environment,” says Victor Nemechek, ProtecTIER deduplication offering manager at IBM. “Customers are finding their data often doubles or more every year and their current backup systems make it difficult to capture that data, protect it and restore it when they need to.”
For backups many companies use tapes that load data quickly, but present retrieval problems. These challenges—along with reliability problems—sent customers to disk where data was more accessible, but also expensive. Companies used disk for small portions of their most critical data, and kept their other data on tape. “Even with disk for critical data, backup is still an issue because you have a primary disk that you store your data on and you have to have that much disk to back up to, basically doubling your disk needs, and that can be very expensive,” Nemechek says.
“Deduplication can squeeze 25 terabytes of data down to only 1 terabyte of physical disk, so customers can have the speed and reliability of disk but without that one-to-one cost.” —Victor Nemechek, ProtecTIER deduplication offering manager, IBM
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Cisco’s apparently going to try to simplify its sales, services and engineering organizations in the next 120 days
Faced with a nasty loss of credibility, a string of poor financial results, shrinking market share in its core business, an unwieldy and alienating bureaucracy blamed for the top executive exodus it been experiencing, and a stock price that's plunged into the toilet Cisco, once an economic bellwether, is promising to do more than simply kill off its once-popular Flip video camcorder business and lay 550 people off, an admission that its foray into the consumer segment had largely failed.
It said in a press release issued Thursday morning that it's going to a "streamlined operating model" focused on five areas, not apparently the literally 30 different directions it's been going in although it did say, come to think of it, something about "greater focus" so maybe it's not really cutting back.
These focus areas are, it said, "routing, switching, and services; collaboration; data center virtualization and cloud; video; and architectures for business transformation."
Nobody seems to know what that last one is and the Wall Street Journal criticized Cisco for not being able to explain in plain English what it's doing and Barron's complained that it needed a Kremlinologist to decrypt the jargon in the press release.
Anyway Cisco's apparently going to try to simplify its sales, services and engineering organizations in the next 120 days or by July 31 when its next fiscal year begins. Well, maybe not everything, it warned, but sales ought to be reorganized by then.
This streamlining seems to mean that:
It's unclear whether any of this means layoffs.
Cisco piped in a quote credited to Moore saying. "Cisco is focused on making a series of changes throughout the next quarter and as we enter the new fiscal year that will make it easier to work for and with Cisco, as we focus our portfolio, simplify operations and manage expenses. Our five company priorities are for a reason - they are the five drivers of the future of the network, and they define what our customers know Cisco is uniquely able to provide for their business success. The new operating model will enable Cisco to execute on the significant market opportunities of the network and empower our sales, service and engineering organizations."