MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – Aug. 26, 2014 – HyTrust Inc announced that, building on technologies from Intel Corporation, it has developed powerful new capabilities to secure applications and data in virtualized data centers and the cloud. New HyTrust Boundary Controls let organizations proactively control where their virtual workloads can run, going much further than is currently possible in mitigating the risks of data mobility that virtualization and cloud create. Boundary Controls can simplify regulatory compliance, prevent data theft or misuse, and improve data center uptime.
HyTrust Boundary Controls are built upon Intel’s asset tagging and attestation services with root-of-trust supported by Intel Trusted Execution Technology, or Intel TXT. This hardware-based technology can be used to establish trust of server hardware, BIOS, and hypervisor, allowing sensitive workloads to run on a trusted platform. HyTrust Boundary Controls build upon these Intel trust technologies to support cloud application and data policies based on additional, customer-defined attributes such as location, security zone, or desired hardware configuration.
“The unprecedented growth of virtualized and cloud computing infrastructures has upended traditional security practices, and that’s a critical concern in enterprises worldwide,” said Eric Chiu, president and co-founder at HyTrust. “Virtualization, by nature, makes workloads dynamic and mobile. There’s never been a way to ensure these workloads can only run in a trusted platform within a designated geography or resource segmentation. HyTrust Boundary Controls go much further than ever before in filling that void.”
There’s a critical need in the market for such capabilities. While virtualization and cloud computing have grown exponentially in the enterprise IT environment, they bring their share of security concerns. Just as Virtual Machines (VMs) offer huge benefits by being highly portable, there has never been an automated mechanism to ensure that these workloads can only be accessed via a specific, designated or trusted server in a trusted location, which is why Boundary Controls are so vital.