Fortanix self-defending key management service achieves VMware Ready status

Fortanix Inc. announced Tuesday that its Self-Defending Key Management Service (SDKMS) has achieved VMware Ready status. This designation indicates that after a detailed validation process Fortanix SDKMS has achieved VMware’s highest level of endorsement and is supported on VMware vSphere 6.7 and vSAN 6.7 for production environments.

Fortanix’s SDKMS leverages Runtime Encryption and Intel SGX to deliver security for encryption keys and cryptographic services with software-defined simplicity. The solution offers flexible consumption models; a FIPS hardened appliance; and a SaaS service Equinix SmartKey, powered by Fortanix. The solution is architected to enable easy integration for new modern cloud applications, as well as existing applications, with support for both RESTful APIs and traditional cryptographic interfaces, including KMIP, PKCS#11, JCE and CNG.

The offering includes flexible deployment options for any infrastructure type – private, hybrid, or public cloud. The solution can be deployed centrally or across distributed sites. In each scenario the solution can be managed centrally.  

Deployments options include Fortanix SDKMS software on FX2200 appliance (FIPS 140-2 Level 3 hardened appliance); Fortanix SDKMS software on supported x86 servers; and Fortanix powered HSM and key management SaaS solution, Equinix SmartKey.

The Fortanix offering comes secured with Intel SGX and is built using Fortanix’s patented Runtime Encryption Technology. SDKMS ensures that users remain in complete control over keys and secrets. It offers unified key management, HSM and tokenization capabilities, with operational simplicity of a single solution.

SDKMS provides control of and visibility into your key management operations using a centralized web-based UI with enterprise level access controls and single sign-on support. It offers comprehensive auditing, integrating with SIEM tools. For application consumption, it offers restful APIs to enable modern cloud apps, as well as mobile apps, and also supports traditional crypto interfaces such as KMIP, PKCS#11, JCE, CAPI and more enabling easy application integration.

SDKMS is built to scale horizontally and geographically as demand for managing keys and secrets increase, while providing automated load-balancing, disaster recovery, and high availability. The solution is designed on an always-on high availability, disaster recovery and load balancing paradigm that eliminates operational complexity associated with such operations. It can scale to multiple sites and support hybrid cloud environments.

“We are pleased that Fortanix and its SDKMS qualify for the VMware Ready logo, signifying to customers that it has met specific VMware interoperability standards and works effectively with VMware cloud infrastructure,” said Kristen Edwards, director, Technology Alliance Partner Program, VMware. “This signifies to customers that Fortanix can be deployed in production environments with confidence and can speed time to value within customer environments.”

“By using Fortanix SDKMS with vSphere 6.7 and vSAN 6.7, organizations can accelerate data protection and compliance for their VMware virtual infrastructure for any cloud – private, public and hybrid,” said Ambuj Kumar, co-founder and CEO of Fortanix. “We are excited about the VMware Ready certification and what this means for SDKMS’ expansion. Organizations looking to encrypt their virtual machines and data-at-rest in VMware environments can benefit from SDKMS’ HSM-grade security with a software-defined simplicity that is essential to securing VMware virtual environments.”

Fortanix SDKMS can be found within the online VMware Solution Exchange (VSX). The VMware Solution Exchange is an online marketplace where VMware partners and developers can publish marketing content and downloadable software for customers.


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