Alliance Key Manager enables VMware customers to use native vSphere and vSAN encryption to protect VMware images and digital assets while deploying a secure, compliant and affordable key manager. VMware customers can deploy multiple, redundant key servers as a part of the KMS Cluster configuration for maximum resilience and high availability. Meet compliance regulations and security best practices for your organization.
Encryption and Key Management for vSphere
VMware virtualization has been a game-changing technology for IT, providing efficiencies and capabilities that have previously been impossible for organizations constrained within a traditional IT data center world. With vSphere version 6.5 and vSAN version 6.6 VMware vSphere Enterprise Plus and VMware vSphere Platinum customers have the ability to encrypt VMware managed virtual machines and virtual disk using Alliance Key Manager. Using the same FIPS 140-2 compliant technology that is in our hardware security module (HSM) and in use by over 3,000 customers, Alliance Key Manager for VMware brings a proven and mature encryption key management solution to vSphere encryption, with a lower total cost of ownership.
Certified by VMware
Alliance Key Manager is certified by VMware for use with vSphere version 6.5 and later, and for vSAN version 6.6. Customers can use a VMware certified and PCI-compliant key manager to both protect databases in VMware instances (SQL Server, MongoDB, etc.) and can now use the same VMware certified key manager to protect vSphere and vSAN managed assets.
Benefits of Encryption and Key Management Completely within VMware
By deploying Alliance Key Manager for VMware as a virtualized encryption key manager, enterprises are able to reduce hardware costs, lower operational costs, minimize the IT footprint, and a clear path for a future move to the cloud. In addition to supporting vSphere and vSAN encryption, Alliance Key Manager supports application and database encryption in deployed VMware virtual servers.
Meet Compliance Requirements
For VMware users who need to meet compliance, the key manager has been validated to the PCI Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS) in VMware by Coalfire, a PCI-qualified QSA assessor and independent IT and audit firm. Enterprises across all industry verticals, regardless of where they deploy VMware, are subject to PCI-DSS compliance if they process electronic payments. For VMware customers, FIPS 140-2 compliant encryption and key management for vSphere are a key defense for data security. Additionally, Alliance Key Manager for VMware can also help businesses meet other compliance regulations such as GDPR, HIPAA, GLBA/FFIEC, FISMA, etc.
Encryption and Key Management in the Cloud
As enterprises adopt Public and Private clouds, they bring their sensitive data with them – customer names, email addresses and other personally identifiable information (PII). While compliance regulations require protecting this information, encrypting this data has been a challenge for organizations who want the flexibility and security of a native VMware solution. By deploying Alliance Key Manager for VMware as a vCloud or AWS instance, customers can achieve their security and efficiency goals in a cloud environment. As you move to the cloud Alliance Key Manager for VMware will make the migration easy.
Encryption Key Management for Edge Computing
Edge computing requires that applications and infrastructure move closer to end users to achieve performance and availability goals. For edge computing customers, this often means that application deployments move to cloud or remote on-premise facilities. With Alliance Key Manager for Edge Computing, businesses can affordably extend Alliance Key Manager to edge environments - in the cloud or on-premise.
Supported Versions of vSphere and vSAN
Alliance Key Manager for VMware version 4.6 supports and is certified for vSphere Enterprise Plus and vSphere Platinum version 6.5 and later, and vSAN version 6.6 and later. Current Alliance Key Manager customers on a support contract can upgrade to version 4.6 at no charge. If you have questions regarding the different versions of VMware vSphere, click here to learn more.
Deployment & Training Services Are Included
Complexity is usually the largest concern in integrating encryption key management. Townsend Security has simplified the process. When businesses choose Alliance Key Manager, they not only receive industry leading encryption key management, but free deployment and security hardening services. Townsend Security’s services team will:
Install and initialize Alliance Key Manager (AKM) virtual image
TLS certificate management, download and expiration date tracking
Redundancy implementation of mirroring
Backup configuration support
Security log forwarding via Syslog
Installation and configuration of Admin Console for key lifecycle management
Key retrieval configuration including vSphere, SQL TDE, MongoDB TDE, etc...
VMware Technology Alliance Partner
Townsend Security is a VMware Technology Alliance Partner (TAP) and Alliance Key Manager for VMware has achieved VMware Ready status. This designation indicates that after a detailed validation process Alliance Key Manager for VMware has achieved VMware's highest level of endorsement.
Plug and Play Encryption Key Management
Deploying encryption and key management in VMware environments has never been easier. The videos below show just how easy it is.
128-bit AES encryption and decryption, ECB mode
192-bit AES encryption and decryption, ECB mode
256-bit AES encryption and decryption, ECB mode
128-bit AES encryption and decryption, CBC mode
192-bit AES encryption and decryption, CBC mode
256-bit AES encryption and decryption, CBC mode
AES 128, 192, 256 bit symmetric keys
RSA 1024,2048, 3072, 4096 bit asymmetric keys
vSphere 6.5 and later
vSAN 6.6 and later
Citizens Security Life Insurance (CSLI)
Compliance Made Easy - Protecting Private Information with Alliance AES/400 Encryption for IBM i and Alliance Key Manager for VMware.
Using the same FIPS 140-2 compliant technology that is in Townsend Security’s (HSM), Alliance Key Manager for VMware enables enterprises to meet compliance requirements and accelerate deployment of mission critical security technology.
This paper discusses general security recommendations for the VMware environment as a whole and is based on guidance provided by standards organizations (Payment Card Industry, etc.), VMware, and independent security assessors.
Security Challenges and Considerations with VMware Encryption & Key Management
Applying security in a VMware environment introduces unique challenges. When systems are no longer dedicated and share a common physical architecture, the issues of access and encryption controls is critical.