Most organizations today maintain a hybrid IT environment that includes multiple on-premises and cloud-based architectures. It can be a challenge to manage data safely, securely and compliantly across complex environments like these. Encryption with independent key management as a service, such as that provided by Equinix SmartKey®, offers one of the best ways to address these requirements. Equinix SmartKey, launched in 2018, is a global software as a service (SaaS)-based, vendor-neutral, secure key management and cryptography service that simplifies data protection across any cloud architecture.
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With availability on Google Cloud Marketplace, Equinix is bringing their SaaS expertise in secure key management and cryptography, allowing customers to focus on their cloud deployments.”Amy Bray, Global Head of Google Cloud Marketplace, Google Cloud
Equinix SmartKey on the Google Cloud Marketplace
Today, we are excited to announce the availability of Equinix SmartKey on the Google Cloud Marketplace, making it easier for businesses to access unified key management services right from the marketplace with a single click. This is ideal for organizations that need centralized, global key management for operational simplicity and data security management across multiple environments (on-premises, hybrid cloud, multicloud). Smartkey on Google Cloud Marketplace provides the following benefits:
- Full automation of key lifecycle management.
- Hardware Security Module (HSM)-grade security (FIPS 140-2 level 3 certified HSM) with cloud-like agility and scalability.
- Encryption keys are stored separately from applications and data.
- Full control of encryption keys (outside of cloud provider’s reach)
- Access to SmartKey via a public network or a direct private route through the SmartKey Direct Access service on Equinix FabricTM for better performance and improved security.
- Secure generation, storage and usage of cryptographic keys and certificates, including Bring Your Own Key (BYOK), as well as secrets such as passwords, API keys and tokens.
- Support for data sovereignty and compliance.
Securing blockchain validators with Google Cloud and Bluzelle
Bluzelle, a blockchain-based decentralized database service provider, wanted to develop a secure cloud-based solution for validator nodes to make blockchain more accessible to those who may lack the funds to deploy physical HSM machines. Bluzelle developed a solution that allows validator nodes deployed on Google Cloud to interface with Equinix SmartKey. The validator’s private keys are automatically stored in SmartKey, outside of the cloud, providing HSM-grade security with all the benefits of cloud including scalability, agility and flexible usage-based pricing. Now, anyone can launch and run a secure Bluzelle validator in Google Cloud in just a few clicks.
Equinix SmartKey is now available on the Google Cloud Marketplace, making it easier for businesses to access unified key management services right from the marketplace with a single click."
Equinix and Google Cloud
Equinix and Google Cloud have a long-standing collaboration helping enterprises accelerate their digital transformation through hybrid multicloud architectures, and our partnership just keeps getting stronger. Last year we announced the integration of Equinix SmartKey and Google Cloud External Key Manager (EKM) to provide businesses with more flexibility in managing encryption keys outside of Google Cloud Infrastructure. This option allowed enterprise data owners to secure their data in Google Cloud while storing the encryption keys in a separate Equinix SmartKey environment for improved security.
“At Google Cloud we strive to make it as easy as possible for customers to deploy, purchase and manage leading solutions in the cloud,” said Amy Bray, Global Head of Google Cloud Marketplace, Google Cloud. “With availability on Google Cloud Marketplace, Equinix is bringing their SaaS expertise in secure key management and cryptography, allowing customers to focus on their cloud deployments.”
Today customers can leverage Equinix Fabric to connect to Google Cloud across 37 metros globally. Doing so ensures private, dedicated Google Cloud Interconnections to migrate data between on-premises or public cloud to Google Cloud easier and faster.
Global Google Cloud Interconnect Deployments on Platform Equinix
Encryption with independent key management as a service offers one of the best ways to manage data safely, securely and compliantly across hybrid multicloud architectures."