Harris Corporation, Sendmail, and BMC have teamed up to present a service that they're calling the "Trusted Enterprise Cloud." Their goal is to address the most commonly stated concerns about using cloud computing as a platform for enterprise tasks: security and management. Harris Corp has gone on and announced a "Cyber Integration Center" to help enterprises build their own private cloud computing environments based upon the tools and expertise used to develop the Trusted Enterprise Cloud service offerings.
During the briefing, we enjoyed a lively debate about what is virtualization, what's really needed to create a managable and reliable computing environment, and, of course, what actions are required to assure a secure environment is in place for enterprise computing. Although I'm not sure that we totally agreed at the end of the discussion, it was clear that Harris Corporation knows quite a bit about security and management, Sendmail knows messaging, and BMC knows a thing or two about management and security. They appeared to be able to present quite a comprehensive understanding of what's needed to create the type of secure, managable environment that they're promising to customers.
They're not the only game in town, of course. Competitors claiming similar capabilities and offering similar services range from IBM, Microsoft, Oracle and Host.net just to name a few. Enterprises need to closely examine not only the claims being made, but the track record of success each supplier brings to the table. Harris and BMC can present decades of experience and many customer references for their past and current offerings.