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Cisco plus partners announce secure architecture for multi-tenant datacenters

Last week Cisco, NetApp, and VMware announced another milestone in their partnership to make unified computing a useful reality

As enterprises move toward a data center that is 100 percent virtualized, Cisco, NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) and VMware (NYSE: VMW) today announced that they are expanding their long-standing collaboration to deliver new design architectures that help customers evolve virtualized data centers to be more efficient, dynamic and secure. The three companies introduced an end-to-end Secure Multi-tenancy Design Architecture that provides enhanced security in cloud environments by isolating the information technology (IT) resources and applications of different clients, business units or departments that share a common IT infrastructure. As part of their collaboration, Cisco, NetApp and VMware will also offer a cooperative support model for these pretested and validated design architectures to help customers quickly build a unified, virtualized infrastructure.

…Secure Multi-tenancy Design Architecture is an end-to-end, validated design architecture that isolates IT resources for enhanced security in shared virtual and enterprise cloud environments. The design architecture helps enterprise customers, systems integrators and service providers develop internal and external cloud services that isolate clients, business units, departments or security zones for enhanced security across the computing, networking, storage and management layers of a unified infrastructure.

(Much) more in the release. When you are talking about HPC or enterprise clouds, this is an issue that has to be solved before adoption has a chance of taking off. People use HPC to do things that either haven’t been done or that they think their competitors aren’t doing. Letting that kind of capability live outside the corporate fence is taking a big risk.

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