While working on a new Cohesity project idea which required the test of encryption capabilities from a primary storage solution, I was faced with the challenge of needing to have access to a key management service (KMS) solution. KMS solutions aren’t always found just laying around the data center, and I needed something fast and straightforward. Immediately reached out to a couple of friends over at HyTrust for some assistance since I had worked with them in the past while I was VMware. In typical HyTrust fashion, the were helpful and immediately responded with what I needed, giving me access to one of their encryption and key management service solution called HyTrust KeyControl.

I’m not entirely new to HyTrust and their security solutions, back in March of 2015 I published an article and a demonstration of how to use HyTrust DataControl with vSAN. That was a solution I developed before vSAN supported encryption at rest – “VMWARE VIRTUAL SAN 6.0: DATA ENCRYPTION WITH HYTRUST DATACONTROL”

I was a supporter of HyTrust DataControl then, and I’m now a supporter of HyTrust KeyControl especially after the incredible news the folks from HyTrust have just shared with me. HyTrust has made their KeyControl product available as a free of charge trial for just about every vSphere and vSAN customer. This is extremely useful for vSphere Admins and IT Professionals looking to evaluate the new encryption capabilities offered by VMware with vSphere VM Encryption for VMFS and NFS storage abstractions and vSAN.

HyTrust KeyControl is a robust enterprise-grade key management solution designed for the modern data center. Encryption has become a standard requirement for on-premises and cloud infrastructure and managing encryption keys can become a challenging process with the responsibility of having to track keys for each workload and then have to rotate those keys as required by various regulatory environments – all while ensuring the secure creation and destruction of the keys. From an operations perspective, HyTrust KeyControl is operationally easy to setup, use, and scale. It provides built-in high availability and unlimited key issuance – never worry about HyTrust KeyControl going down or suffer service disruption.

HyTrust KeyControl simplifies the process of encryption key management for deployments that do not require sophisticated policy-based key management – but still need to perform to scale to enterprise grade level performance.  And all this is done without costly physical appliances or license fees.  HyTrust KeyControl has been certified to work with VMware vSphere VM Encryption and will be certified shortly with vSAN Encryption.

VMware admins can easily use this solution for both vSphere VM Encryption or vSAN encryption. The HyTrust KeyControl setup and use are both very simple. Here is a demonstration of the simple deployment and configuration procedures of both HyTrust KeyControl and vSphere: While working on a new Cohesity project idea which required the test of encryption capabilities from a primary storage solution, I was faced with the challenge of needing to have access to a key management service (KMS) solution. KMS solutions aren’t always found just laying around the data center, and I needed something fast and straightforward. Immediately reached out to a couple of friends over at HyTrust for some assistance since I had worked with them in the past while I was VMware. In typical HyTrust fashion, the were helpful and immediately helped me with what I needed and gave me access to one of their encryption and key management service solution called HyTrust KeyControl.

At the moment, HyTrust has a #keyforfree offering called HyTrust KeyControl for VMware vSphere VM Encryption and HyTrust KeyControl for VMware vSAN Encryption that provides the software without cost (100% discount) – and only charges for support services. For anyone interested in obtaining HyTrust KeyControl for VM Encryption or HyTrust KeyControl vSAN Encryption can request information directly from this link -> HyTrust KeyControl Request Form

VMware admins can easily use this solution for both vSphere VM Encryption or vSAN encryption. The HyTrust KeyControl setup and use are both very simple. Here is a demonstration of the simple deployment and configuration procedures of both HyTrust KeyControl and vSphere:

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