EXA Corporation creates a secure and resilient private cloud

Uses IBM cloud reference architecture, security solutions and HaaS

Published on 30 Jun 2012

Besides the cost reduction, one major advantage is that we will be able to offer cloud-based services for our customers with confidence.

—Mr. Masaru Ito, Sales and Business Planning Leader, Cloud Services Division, EXA Corporation

Customer
EXA Corporation

Industry
Computer Services

Deployment country
Japan

Overview

One of the primary reasons for slow adoption of cloud is the perceived challenge around security. For EXA Corporation, an integrated set of IBM cloud solutions for automation, security and management is enabling the company to create a secure, hybrid private cloud solution that combines proprietary and external data centers. The solution has helped the company to reduce costs and improve disaster resiliency, offer secure cloud-based services to its customers with confidence, and improve flexibility and scalability of its IT environment.

Business need
EXA faced the challenge of how to best secure and manage various servers located in multiple offices, while also providing secure access. It also wanted to create a secure hybrid cloud environment that combines external data centers and public cloud services

Solution
Using IBM cloud solutions, EXA is creating a secure hybrid private cloud solution that combines proprietary and external data centers to improve the efficient control of servers distributed across Japan. Products included IBM Tivoli Service Automation Manager V7.2, IBM Security Virtual Server Protection for VMware V1.0 and Tivoli Federated Identity Manager V6.2.1 to create and secure this environment.

Benefits
Reduces costs and improves security and disaster resiliency; Enables EXA to offer secure cloud-based services to its customers with confidence; Improves flexibility and scalability and reduces risk

Components

IBM products and services that were used in this case study.

Software
Tivoli Federated Identity Manager, Tivoli Service Automation Manager, Tivoli Monitoring, Tivoli Monitoring for Energy Management, IBM Security Virtual Server Protection for VMware, Tivoli Storage Manager, Tivoli Usage and Accounting Manager, IBM Security SiteProtector System SP3001

Hardware
BladeCenter HS22,

Solution
Automation, Cloud Computing, Cloud & Service Management, Energy Efficiency, Service Management, SmartCloud - Foundation, Virtualization, Virtualization - Storage

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