AFORE Solutions, Inc., a market leader in cloud security and data encryption, today announced a portfolio of Amazon Web Services (AWS) security solutions enabling customers to take control of securing sensitive data within AWS. The suite, targeted at enterprise customers and service providers planning to offer Encryption as a Service (EaaS), helps accelerate customer adoption of the AWS cloud platform by protecting sensitive data. Information once thought to be too critical to process in the cloud can now be encrypted in real time protecting such data against many advanced threats and unauthorized access.

Designed to help protect virtual desktops (VDI), application servers, Microsoft SharePoint and SQL server, as well as  Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS) deployments, the AFORE suite includes customer-controlled encryption key management for greater data protection. These measures give AWS cloud customers a peace of mind in terms of keeping data from being breached or leaked. As a result of the deployment, customers are able to meet regulatory compliance and data remanence needs and guard against a broad range of threats, including advanced persistent threats (APTs), cyber surveillance programs and insider leaks. AFORE’s data encryption solutions are easy  to deploy in both Amazon Machine Image (AMI) virtual machines and Bring-Your-Own-License (BYOL) deployment models.

“With regulatory compliance requirements and cyber surveillance having such a significant impact on data stored in the cloud, key management becomes the critical lynch-pin related to the effectiveness of cloud encryption,” says Peter ffoulkes, Research Director at 451 Research – “Customers must carefully evaluate who is managing the encryption keys as well as the associated business risk and cost of not having complete control over who can access their data.”

AFORE’s data security suite has been built from the ground up for cloud and virtualized environments to deliver powerful data protection that eliminates traditional cost and deployment complexity barriers. AFORE’s unique capabilities include:

  • Security for all layers of the computing stack from storage to servers to desktops
  • Single security management plane for private, hybrid and multiple public clouds
  • Agentless deployment forgoing the need to modify applications or workloads
  • Comprehensive system management and data access forensics
  • Enterprise controlled encryption key management

“While the cloud offers tremendous value in terms of the ease of provisioning, system scale-out and IT management,  data security within the cloud continues to rank as a top concern among IT departments,” said Jonathan Reeves, AFORE’s Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer. “AFORE’s encryption solutions for AWS provide the data protection that customers require to host enterprise workloads in the cloud. Data once thought to be too confidential or critical for the public cloud can now be stored without worry, leading to a new class of applications making this transition.”

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We are very pleased to announce that CloudLink has been acquired by EMC Corporation.  EMC is the leader in delivering solutions that enable the world to store, manage and leverage data.  The EMC Enterprise Hybrid Cloud enables customers to deploy IT as a Service quickly and easily.  CloudLink is an award-winning provider of software-based data security solutions for hybrid clouds.  As part of EMC, CloudLink will empower customers to embrace the hybrid cloud while addressing concerns around data security and sovereignty, and maintaining regulatory compliance.

Since CloudLink turned its focus to cloud security more than four years ago, we have been heartened to witness the exponential growth of private, public and hybrid cloud and honored to help our customers embrace this new paradigm.  Our induction into the EMC Select partner program two years ago was both a privilege and an excellent opportunity for us to develop solutions that truly address customer needs.  We are eager to contribute to the customer value EMC delivers through its industry-leading innovation, service and support.

Above all, we’d like to extend our thanks to our customers, partners and employees, as well as everyone who has helped us evolve and innovate.  We are very excited to join the EMC family and look forward to continuing our joint commitment to making hybrid cloud a success. If you have any immediate questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at


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