IBM and AMD Announce Joint Development Agreement to Advance Confidential Computing for the Cloud and Accelerate Artificial Intelligence

New col­la­bo­ra­ti­on will also build on open soft­ware eco­sys­tems for AI and acce­le­ra­ted workloads in the cloud

ARMONK, N.Y. and SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 11 2020 // — IBM (NYSE: IBM) and AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) today announ­ced a mul­ti-year joint deve­lo­p­ment agree­ment to enhan­ce and extend the secu­ri­ty and Arti­fi­cial Intel­li­gence (AI) offe­rings of both com­pa­nies. The joint deve­lo­p­ment agree­ment will expand this visi­on by buil­ding upon open-source soft­ware, open stan­dards, and open sys­tem archi­tec­tures to dri­ve Con­fi­den­ti­al Com­pu­ting in hybrid cloud envi­ron­ments and sup­port a broad ran­ge of acce­le­ra­tors across high-per­for­mance com­pu­ting (HPC), and enter­pri­se cri­ti­cal capa­bi­li­ties such as vir­tua­liz­a­ti­on and encryption.

The com­mit­ment of AMD to tech­no­lo­gi­cal inno­va­ti­on aligns with our mis­si­on to deve­lop and acce­le­ra­te the adop­ti­on of the hybrid cloud to help con­nect, secu­re and power our digi­tal world,” said Dario Gil, Direc­tor of IBM Rese­arch. “IBM is focu­sed on giving our cli­ents choice, agi­li­ty and secu­ri­ty in our hybrid cloud offe­rings through advan­ced rese­arch, deve­lo­p­ment and sca­ling of new technologies.”

This agree­ment bet­ween AMD and IBM aligns well with our long-stan­ding com­mit­ment to col­la­bo­ra­ting with lea­ders in the indus­try,” said Mark Paper­mas­ter, exe­cu­ti­ve vice pre­si­dent and CTO, AMD. “AMD is exci­ted to extend our work with IBM on AI, acce­le­ra­ting data cen­ter workloads, and impro­ving secu­ri­ty across the cloud.”

For many com­pa­nies, secu­ring high­ly sen­si­ti­ve data still remains a chal­len­ge: cyber­se­cu­ri­ty is cur­r­ent­ly the top bar­ri­er for adop­ti­on as well as the top cri­te­ria for selec­tion of cloud pro­vi­ders, accord­ing to data from IBM’s Insti­tu­te for Busi­ness value.

Accord­ing to Gart­ner, Con­fi­den­ti­al Com­pu­ting poten­ti­al­ly remo­ves the remai­ning bar­ri­er to hybrid cloud adop­ti­on for high­ly regu­la­ted busi­nes­ses or any orga­niz­a­ti­on con­cer­ned about unaut­ho­ri­zed third-par­ty access to data in use in the public cloud.

Con­fi­den­ti­al Com­pu­ting is a tech­no­lo­gy, enab­led by hard­ware, that allows the data asso­cia­ted with a run­ning vir­tu­al machi­ne (VM) to be encryp­ted, inclu­ding while workloads are run­ning. This capa­bi­li­ty hel­ps pre­vent would-be atta­ckers and bad actors from acces­sing con­fi­den­ti­al infor­ma­ti­on, even in the event of a break-in. Con­fi­den­ti­al Com­pu­ting for hybrid cloud unlocks new poten­ti­al for enter­pri­se adop­ti­on of hybrid cloud com­pu­ting, espe­cial­ly in regu­la­ted indus­tries such as finan­ce, health­ca­re and insurance.

Enga­ge­ment bet­ween AMD and IBM rese­ar­chers on joint deve­lo­p­ment acti­vi­ties under the agree­ment is now underway.

For more infor­ma­ti­on about AMD pro­ducts, plea­se visit AMD.com

For more infor­ma­ti­on about IBM Hybrid Cloud Rese­arch, plea­se visit: https://www.research.ibm.com/hybrid-cloud/

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