This week, technology giant IBM (News - Alert) announced a number of new software and platform releases with a focus on the cloud. As more businesses are looking to move large parts of their operations to the cloud, IBM has focused heavily on hybrid cloud technologies with the goal of increasing the security and reliability of cloud-based systems.
IBM’s Cloud Object Storage relies on two security protocols which were acquired by IBM in November of last year: Cleversafe and SecureSlice. The first of these uses standard encryption and decryption protocols, which in and of itself is not that formidable. However, the technology gains a lot of strength when combined with SecureSlice, which breaks data down into many fragments and then stores those pieces across multiple locations. When this is combined with standard encryption, stealing data and being able to successfully decrypt it becomes next to impossible.
IBM believes their hybrid cloud technology, in addition to improving security, will also increase reliability. The company has said that their system can weather “even catastrophic outages” without any disruption in Internet service. This should assuage fears that natural disasters or power outages could cripple a cloud-based system.
“As clients continue to move massive workloads to hybrid clouds there is a need for an easier, more secure and economical way to store and manage mounting volumes of digital information,” said Robert LeBlanc, IBM Cloud senior vice president in a statement. “With today’s announcement, IBM becomes the leading cloud vendor to provide clients the flexibility and availability of object data storage across on-premises and public clouds.”
IBM is just a part of the enormously growing trend towards cloud-based operating systems. The cloud offers reduced storage costs and greater accessibility from remote locations, both of which are big draws for corporations. IBM is working to make sure that the security and reliability of cloud-based systems matches their convenience, and many other technology companies are doing the same.
Edited by Alicia Young