Virtuozzo Secures Containerized Apps and Workloads in Production with Encrypted Containers™

January 9, 2017

‘Out-of-the-Box’ Container Disk Encryption Enables Service Providers to Deliver Value Added Virtualization Services that Secure Customer Data and Help Meet Compliance Needs

SEATTLE – Virtuozzo, a leading virtualization software provider, today announced a range of new value-added services that service providers can deliver to customers using Virtuozzo containers featuring disk encryption technology. Container disk encryption allows users to protect company data and meet security requirements in production environments, while still benefiting from the lower total cost of ownership (TCO) and infrastructure agility that containers provide.

The inability to secure data in containers is widely seen as a leading reason that CIOs and IT teams at businesses of all sizes have not widely deployed containers for production applications and workloads. To address this need, Virtuozzo encrypts data “at-rest” that is used by containers – ensuring that only encrypted data is stored on the disk. When the data is loaded into memory for user access, the data is automatically decrypted (and encrypted again when writing the data back to the storage destination). Providing the end user with complete control, data used by Virtuozzo containers can only be accessed using encryption keys via integration with a Key Management System (KMS), such as Safenet or an open source alternative.

Encrypted containers featuring disk encryption from Virtuozzo support a range of use cases that enable service providers to deliver value-added services that strengthen data protection for their customers, including:

  • Added data security to meet compliance needs – Help ensure that end customers meet regulatory and compliance requirements for data security when using containers.
  • Better backup protection – Leverage disk encryption for backups that enable the container to be restored, but not started (or have data accessible) without a key.
  • Protection against unauthorized user access – Add an extra layer of protection in the event of a software error or an attack that grants the wrong user with access to company data used by containers.
  • Virtual drive and physical hardware disposal – Leverage encryption key deletion as a fast and secure method for virtual drive and hardware disposal – including lost and stolen equipment – guaranteeing data used by containers cannot be recovered by anyone.

“For service providers and hosters, driving added value on top of infrastructure is paramount to success in today’s highly competitive market,” said Philbert Shih, managing director, Structure Research. “Encrypted containers provide a great opportunity to do this by delivering enhanced security to meet today’s increasing customer demand for data protection.”

“Virtuozzo is committed to providing secure solutions that support production workloads and applications,” said George Karidis, CEO at Virtuozzo. “By enabling encrypted containers, service providers can offer a cutting-edge virtualization solution that brings the added data protection and security that their customers demand today.”

Using encryption in Virtuozzo containers is simple and available out-of-the-box at no extra charge for users of Virtuozzo 7. The only extra step required is to specify the encryption key ID during the creation of a Virtuozzo container, or add it later for a device.

To learn more about Virtuozzo’s encrypted containers, click here.

About Virtuozzo
Virtuozzo is a leading virtualization software provider with integrated container, hypervisor and storage solutions that power production-ready workloads with the lowest TCO for hosters and service providers. Virtuozzo developed the first commercially available container technology in 2001, and today is used by more than 700 customers worldwide, including the world’s leading hosters, with 5 million containers and virtual environments in production. Virtuozzo is also an active and recognized contributor to many influential open source projects, including Linux kernel, OpenVZ, CRIU™, KVM, Docker, OpenStack, CNCF and OCI. To learn more, visit virtuozzo.com.

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