CloudLink Technologies is helping to make it safer for companies to use Microsoft Azure. CloudLink’s SecureVM solution helps secure Windows and Linux-based virtual machines (VM) that run on Microsoft’s cloud service.

Specifically, CloudLink SecureVM helps secure both boot and data volumes in the cloud with a centralized approach that allows IT departments to have visibility and control over when and where their VMs are started, the vendor said.

The solution provides enterprises with control of the encryption keys for both Windows- and Linux-based virtual machines deployed in Azure. The process enables the validation of the integrity of virtual machines before they are allowed to boot.

The CloudLink data security platform includes a suite of encryption modules to protect workloads at multiple layers to help secure business applications, hosted desktops and file shares.

Benefits of the CloudLink solution for Microsoft Azure include:

  • Flexible encryption key control, enabling customers to determine where and how keys are stored
  • Pre-boot authorization and image integrity validation
  • Works with Windows BitLocker for common practices across hybrid clouds

"Cloud security is a top priority for many organizations including financial institutions, healthcare organizations and governments, but data encryption solutions must leverage existing platforms and operating environments that are already in use within the organization," said Alex Berlin, CloudLink CEO. "We are excited to work with Microsoft on a data security solution optimized for the public cloud that will help accelerate the adoption of cloud services."

"CloudLink's data security platform helps Microsoft Azure customers to encrypt sensitive data and meet essential compliance requirements," said Kim Akers, general manager, Microsoft. "CloudLink's solution gives our customers flexible support for Windows and Linux environments and offers encryption across enterprise workloads deployed on Azure."