Virtustream Enhances Enterprise Cloud Security with Database Encryption

  Virtustream Enhances Enterprise Cloud Security with Database Encryption

    Virtustream partners with Vormetric to add database encryption and key
 management to xStream cloud solution for enterprise compliance requirements

Business Wire

SAN FRANCISCO -- January 8, 2013

Virtustream, Inc., the leading enterprise class cloud software and IaaS
provider, today added software-based “data at rest” encryption to its cloud
services portfolio through a partnership with Vormetric, a leader in
enterprise encryption and key management. With this extra protection,
Virtustream’s xStream cloud management software and Virtustream cloud IaaS
services provide highly secure and compliant solutions that enable
enterprises, governments and service providers to safely run mission-critical
applications in private, public and hybrid clouds.

The company will now offer Vormetric’s database and file encryption solution
to customers needing an additional layer of security to satisfy internal
sensitive data policies and compliance mandates regarding business data. For
enterprises required to comply with regulatory guidelines and compliance
frameworks such as NIST 800-53, DIACAP, FedRAMP, FISMA, ICD503, G-Cloud, CSA
Recommendations, ISO27001, HIPAA/HITECH, PCI, SSAE16/SAS70 and other industry
standards, this new service provides a sophisticated approach to protecting
highly sensitive data in the cloud. Virtustream’s new data encryption offering
allows enterprises mandating full data life cycle encryption to take advantage
of the cloud.

The addition of Vormetric Data Security adds to the enhanced security measures
in Virtustream clouds which include layered physical/virtual security,
cloud-to-cloud encryption, core servers equipped with new Intel CPUs that
support Advanced Encryption Standard New Instruction Set (AES-NI) for optimal
encryption efficiency, hardware-level authentication (Intel TXT), encrypted
VPN (IPSEC and SSL), Key Escrow using Data Security Modules (DSMs), encryption
in archive, GRC tools, two-factor authentication, and various additional
security and compliance measures and reporting.

“File-level encryption is the most effective and flexible approach to cloud
data security for enterprises concerned with regulatory compliance, protecting
their IP and meeting contractual obligations around customer data,” said Bruce
Johnson, vice president for worldwide sales and service operations at
Vormetric. “By offering Vormetric Encryption through a pay-as-you-go model,
Virtustream is providing comprehensive, built-in and transparent security for
any database, that can follow customer data—whether it is in the cloud or a

As the Virtustream team evaluated security and encryption software to pair
with its cloud solution, it found that many of the larger vendors focus
primarily on end-user computing and encrypting whole drives, which only
protects against specific threats and could not support a variety of
deployment modes. Vormetric’s solution quickly emerged as the leader in
enterprise class security, as it emphasized encryption at the file/folder
level, transparently across all major database platforms. It also enables very
granular separation of duties to allow for a variety of support models from
zero client touch, to co-managed operations, to full key management by
clients. Vormetric encryption ensures that there is no unauthorized data
access from inside or outside an organization. In stress testing, Vormetric
exceeded Virtustream’s performance expectations with a virtually indiscernible
impact on application response time, excellent manageability and detailed
logging of file access for Database Access Monitoring requirements (DAM) and
Data Leakage Prevention (DLP) reporting.

Virtustream now stands as the first cloud provider to offer the Vormetric
solution in a SaaS model with elastic, consumption-based pricing—services are
priced per virtual CPU of each database server, as opposed to traditional
perpetual licensing models.

“It can be challenging to get large enterprises to trust the cloud, so this
partnership with Vormetric provides a significant security measure required to
overcome that concern,” said Pete Nicoletti, director of security and
compliance at Virtustream. “With Vormetric’s solution, we now have a database
encryption security option suitable for customers who are required to comply
with executive mandates or compliance frameworks but have not yet deployed
encryption at their database or application layer. Adding this capability will
make moving mission-critical data to the cloud a more feasible option for any
enterprise looking for immediate risk reduction and cost savings.”

With this encryption service, Virtustream also offers and manages encryption
of client databases at their location in the client’s datacenter before they
even move the workload to the Virtustream cloud. This is a unique capability
and allows customers that are concerned with protecting personally
identifiable information (PII) and other sensitive information to achieve
regulatory compliance and avoid potential data breach costs.

“By partnering with Vormetric, we are able to combine its nimble and powerful
security solution with our cloud solution for increased data protection with
high performance and low overhead,” said Mike Olson, vice president of
operations and service delivery for Virtustream. “Together we offer customers
a more secure, compliant cloud environment with reduced infrastructure costs,
and increased performance and uptime.”

About Virtustream

Virtustream is a leading cloud innovator offering enterprise class cloud
software and IaaS for enterprises, governments and service providers.
Virtustream simplifies moving complex IT to the cloud - whether private,
public or hybrid – while delivering the full economic and business benefits of
the cloud. Virtustream offers xStream:a secure, high availability, enterprise
class hybrid cloud solution, delivering application level SLAs for mission
critical applications (SAP, Oracle, Microsoft and thousands more). xStream is
available as software for existing data centers and as a managed service from
Virtustream's cloud – all backed byprofessional services to design, migrate,
and manage clouds.Virtustream offers xStream worldwide; owns data centers in
the U.S. and EMEA;operates an international Cloud Exchange; has offices in
San Francisco, New York, London, Washington D.C., Atlanta, Toronto and Dublin
and has partners in Asia and China.


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