IBM Launches 'Continuous' Security & Kubernetes on Bare Metal

IBM Cloud gets a security and Kubernetes performance boost.

Mitch Wagner, Executive Editor, Light Reading

March 15, 2018

3 Min Read
IBM Launches 'Continuous' Security & Kubernetes on Bare Metal

IBM is beefing up cloud app security and performance, launching "continuous security" as well as managed Kubernetes on bare metal.

IBM Corp. (NYSE: IBM) Cloud Internet Services, launched in conjunction with Cloudflare Inc. , is designed to "help protect and secure websites, apps and APIs against denial-of-service attacks, customer data compromise and abusive bots, all while enhancing performance," according to an IBM blog post on Wednesday.

The service is intended to "provide a one-stop shop for security and performance capabilities designed to protect public-facing web content and apps," IBM says. It's an alternative to enterprises needing to go to multiple vendors for those services.

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IBM also announced security hardware initiatives designed to protect cloud native apps.

"Working on IBM Cloud, developers can build cloud native apps to process sensitive data and deploy services on trusted servers, which are designed to increase security as part of the continuous integration and delivery processes. These new security capabilities in IBM Cloud use technology from IBM and Intel," IBM says.

IBM beefed up hardware security, claiming "the first container service which protects data within containers down to the microchip level. The IBM Cloud Container Service with Trusted Compute creates a chain of trust rooted in hardware, securing containers that developers deploy, thus creating a security-rich platform for building container-based apps." Each container and container image is verified, to assure they're trusted and not malicious.

Similarly, in January Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) acquired Skyport Systems, a startup providing hardware security for hyperconverged systems managed over the cloud. (See Cisco to Buy Skyport Systems for Cloud Security.)

IBM says it's "launching server technology that provides secure enclaves designed to protect data used in application runtimes." The technology encrypts and protects application data.

And IBM is launching Cloud Security Advisor, an experimental dashboard to provide developers with a simple dashboard view of security and vulnerabilities.

Separately, IBM launched Kubernetes as a managed service directly on bare metal cloud, making the container orchestration technology more suited to high-performance applications such as large machine learning workloads, as well as sensitive datasets requiring isolated servers, according to an IBM blog post Wednesday.

Kubernetes on bare metal allows developers greater control over where workloads run and lets them isolate workloads to specific servers. "It equips teams with all of the benefits of a fully managed container service combined with the performance and security of bare metal," IBM says.

IBM says it's also working with the open community to give Kubernetes ability to directly access GPUs.

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About the Author(s)

Mitch Wagner

Executive Editor, Light Reading

San Diego-based Mitch Wagner is many things. As well as being "our guy" on the West Coast (of the US, not Scotland, or anywhere else with indifferent meteorological conditions), he's a husband (to his wife), dissatisfied Democrat, American (so he could be President some day), nonobservant Jew, and science fiction fan. Not necessarily in that order.

He's also one half of a special duo, along with Minnie, who is the co-habitor of the West Coast Bureau and Light Reading's primary chewer of sticks, though she is not the only one on the team who regularly munches on bark.

Wagner, whose previous positions include Editor-in-Chief at Internet Evolution and Executive Editor at InformationWeek, will be responsible for tracking and reporting on developments in Silicon Valley and other US West Coast hotspots of communications technology innovation.

Beats: Software-defined networking (SDN), network functions virtualization (NFV), IP networking, and colored foods (such as 'green rice').

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