Press Release

Global Research Collaboration Explores Trust and Assurance in Cloud Computing Environments

EMC Joins Elite Technical Universities in China in Online Research Collaboration

HOPKINTON, Mass., June 10, 2008 - 

EMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC), the world leader in information infrastructure solutions, today announced its participation in the Daoli Trusted Infrastructure Project, a global research collaboration on trust and assurance in cloud computing environments. EMC joins a growing global research team that today includes four of China’s leading technical universities including Fudan University, Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), Tsinghua University, and Wuhan University.

The project explores trust and assurance issues that are becoming increasingly important to enterprises as they entrust their applications and data—and their customers’ data—to computing environments outside of their local control. As companies begin to leverage virtualization within and beyond their data-centers, the virtualized computers, networks, and storage platforms become components in a multi-tenant environment.  This multi-tenancy and portability make providing security challenging.  This research work is an exploration of techniques that could be applied to secure both the underlying physical plant as well as broadly shared resources.

Project participants will share their discussions of research-in-progress with researchers worldwide by way of a wiki, which is hosted by Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. Their goal is to generate a knowledge-base of best practices and answers to questions about trusted information infrastructures. It is the first public research collaboration environment to be connected to the EMC Innovation Network, EMC’s global research program launched one year ago.

“The team is exploring the convergence of several key technologies including cloud computing, trusted computing, and virtualization, and looking at how they might be applied to provide high assurance software environments inside and outside the enterprise,” said Burt Kaliski, Director, EMC Innovation Network. “The Daoli Project will help us understand what our customers are likely to encounter in the future. We look forward to sharing the knowledge this research will generate.”

Later this year, the project’s research area will be explored in detail as part of the 3rd Annual Asia-Pacific Trusted Infrastructure Technologies Conference (APTC 2008), an academic research workshop being held October 14-18, 2008 (http://grid.hust.edu.cn/aptc08/) in China.

The Daoli Project was showcased at EMC World 2008 in Las Vegas in May as part of the EMC World Innovation Showcase Pavilion, an interactive exhibit highlighting the latest in EMC research and development.

About EMC

EMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC) is the world’s leading developer and provider of information infrastructure technology and solutions that enable organizations of all sizes to transform the way they compete and create value from their information. Information about EMC’s products and services can be found at www.EMC.com

Advanced technology groups across EMC, their university research partners, and research groups at RSA Laboratories are discovering and exploring technologies that will shape the information infrastructure of the future. The EMC Innovation Network is a worldwide collaboration of these advanced technology researchers exploring these and many other areas. Some, such as the technologists at RSA Laboratories and EMC Research China, are academically oriented. Others deliver commercial concepts as prototypes, product proposals, and patents.

 

 

DaoliProject UniversityResearch Team Quotes

Fudan University

The EMC and Fudan University relationship began in October 2007 with the launch of the Fudan-EMC Innovation Network Joint Labs for coordinating comprehensive collaboration activities including joint research projects, student awards, EMC courses, and hardware and software labs. As the powers of virtualization and security continue to unfold, we look forward to long term collaboration with EMC, particularly with the Daoli Project and Fudan-EMC Innovation Network Joint Labs.

Professor Zang Binyu, Fudan University in Shanghai

Huazhong University of Science and Technology

The HUST research team in Wuhan, China focuses its efforts on novel ways for users to benefit from a trusted cloud computing solution. Our goal is that HUST’s technical strengths in, and our approach to, cloud computing research will render it possible for a seamless and secure manner for factoring, deployment, and migration of cloud computing environments. We believe our research will help to uncover many useful software as a service applications for users.

Professor Jin Hai of HUST

Tsinghua University

Tsinghua University and EMC have many areas of collaboration. Tsinghua University has a lot of experience with regard to high performance computing clusters and data centers. We are very glad to be part of the Daoli Project research team. We also appreciate the dedication to openness of the Daoli research findings and believe the benefits will span the entire research community from industry leaders to academia.

Professor Zheng Weimin of Tsinghua University

Wuhan University

We aspire to alter the association of ‘made in China’ to ‘created in China’. Wuhan University’s participation in the Daoli Project is evidence of this. We are thrilled that our work in trusted computing technologies, an area of strength for our University, has not only played a very useful role in the Daoli Project, but also as valuable input to the rest of the collaboration. We look forward to long term collaboration with the EMC Innovation Network.

Professor Zhang Huanguo of Wuhan University

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