Intel’s trusted execution technology (TXT) will be protecting users of the newest VMware’s vSphere cloud platform from security threats like BIOS attacks and malware.
“Intel TXT provides hardware enforcement to help overcome some of the most challenging aspects of cloud security,” said Intel cloud infrastructure group general manager Jason Waxman.
TXT is a Xeon server feature that adds a new layer of hardware-based security to cloud platforms. It detects and prevents BIOS attacks and malware from corrupting systems.
TXT-equipped servers running vSphere 5.1 can fulfill compliance requirements more easily, according to Intel. Further improvements can be made by allowing IT departments to swap VMs among “known good” groups of trusted servers, which would expand the “experience” of the swapped VMs by exposing them to different scenarios.
For companies who want to secure their cloud-based infrastructure during automation and improvement, Intel announced that that sample and reference architectures can now be found on the Intel Cloud Builders program.
Security remains a key concern as IT departments transition to a more cloud-dependent model. Intel said that it held a recent survey of IT professionals regarding the issue of cloud platform security, and it reported that 61 percent were indeed concerned.
SYDNEY, Australia, March 13, 2012 – Dell’s highly anticipated, award-winning* XPS 13 laptop – widely acclaimed for its superb craftsmanship, thoughtful design and durability – is now available for customers in Australia. The system was first revealed in January and early buzz about the unit – which features uncompromising performance, extended battery life and Intel Rapid Start and Smart Connect Technology[i] – has been overwhelmingly positive.“
The XPS 13 demands attention, crossing the realm between work and play, packing powerful technology into a small, portable package and delivering enterprise-friendly protection and security. It’s the ultimate mobile device,” said Deborah Harrigan, general manager for Dell’s Consumer, Small and Medium Business for Australia and New Zealand.
Underscoring its business-ready features, Sam Burd, Global Vice President of Dell’s Consumer, Small and Medium Business product group said, “The uncompromising XPS 13 offers professionals the power to connect, collaborate and innovate with unique features and services – like Dell ProSupport, Trusted Platform Module and Configuration Services[i] – that satisfy the needs of enterprise IT departments.”
Weighing 1.36 kilograms[ii], the XPS 13 Ultrabook™ cleverly fits leading-edge craftsmanship, high performance computing, and thoughtful design into what is the one of the most compact 13-inch products in its class. With its stunning razor-thin bezel, the XPS 13 maintains a footprint similar to an 11-inch product and features bonded Corning® Gorilla® Glass for exceptional durability; a unique, cool-to-the-touch carbon fibre base; and full-size, backlit keyboard for utmost productivity.
A CES 2012 standout, the XPS 13 is one of the first systems with Intel® Smart Connect Technology[i], which keeps content consistently updated. A solid state drive and Intel® Rapid Start Technology allow the XPS 13 to boot in seconds providing almost instant access, saving time and battery life.
Business-friendly features for the XPS 13 include:Dell ProSupport™[vi] is available for Dell business customers and provides end users and IT professionals with remote and on-site technical support for hardware and software needs.Trusted Platform Module (TPM) offers user and machine security with BitLocker Data Encryption for network-based client computing.
Configuration Services include customising BIOS settings, loading an image, and applying asset tags prior to shipping, streamlining the process of deploying XPS 13 systems to employees wherever they may be located while ensuring consistency throughout the IT environment. [ii]
Pricing and availability:
Starting from AU$1199 with an Intel Core i5 processor, 128GB SSD hard drive[viii] and 4GB memory[ix], the XPS 13 is available now in Australia via www.Dell.com.au and at Dell Experience Centres in Bondi Junction and Parramatta.
The XPS 13 with an Intel Core i7 processor, 128GB SSD hard drive[viii] and 4GB memory[ix] will also be available in Australia at JB Hi Fi stores from Wednesday March 14 from AU$1499.