Securing DaaS, VDI and cloud hosted servers made simple through CloudLink encryption management

Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA – June 17, 2014 – AFORE Solutions, Inc., a leader in cloud security and data encryption management, today announced the seamless integration of CloudLink® SecureVM with Microsoft® BitLocker® encryption. Organizations will now be able to secure their virtual desktop and server virtual machines (VMs) with native Windows encryption tools and protect virtual machines hosted on leading cloud provider platforms and enterprise virtualized infrastructures. CloudLink SecureVM also supports Linux native encryption, providing organizations with a single encryption management solution for multiple clouds and VM operating systems.

While BitLocker encryption is widely used in the enterprise, it relies on hardware Trusted Platform Modules (TPM) or USB drives to store encryption keys. CloudLink SecureVM eliminates the need for keys to be stored in hardware, enabling native OS encryption to be used in virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and virtualized server deployments.

SecureVM secures both boot and data volumes with a centralized approach that allows IT departments to manage OS boot security policy rather than relying on individual users. The solution provides enterprises with full control of the encryption keys for both Windows and Linux VMs deployed throughout their hybrid cloud and validates the integrity of virtual machines before they are allowed to boot.

Key benefits of the integrated CloudLink solution include:

  • VM encryption for Amazon Web Services™, Microsoft Azure®, VMware® vCloud® Hybrid Service™
  • VM encryption for VMware vSphere® and Microsoft Hyper-V® private clouds
  • Ensures data is protected from other cloud tenants and cloud service provider admins
  • Flexible encryption key control, enabling customers to determine where and how keys are stored
  • Pre-boot authorization and image integrity validation
  • A common CloudLink platform across multiple OS, cloud architectures and use cases


“Enterprises see cloud security as a top priority, but data encryption solutions must leverage existing platforms and operating environments that are already in use in the organization,” said Jonathan Reeves, AFORE Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer. “The CloudLink data security platform protects workloads at multiple layers, enabling businesses, healthcare organizations and governments to confidently reap the economic benefits of cloud adoption.”


View a deployment video of SecureVM and BitLocker in Microsoft Azure

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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 Federation 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


The CloudLink Team

PS Read the story behind the acquisition.