Sometimes the best solutions are the ones that improve on existing solutions – making them more versatile or tuned for new uses. I was reminded of this the other day when we announced our SecureVM product for the public cloud. In designing this solution to help customers secure their cloud data, our team decided to leverage best of breed (and very mature) encryption technologies already present in Windows (BitLocker) and Linux (eCryptfs) and refine elements to make them work in cloud and virtual environments.

Leveraging proven technology benefitted us in quite a few areas:

  • Allowed us to focus development on cloud management features rather core encryption functions
  • Reduced interoperability risk since the crypto engines were an integral with the OS
  • Reduced the end user learning curve since they were already familiar with technology such as Bitlocker
  • Reduced time to market and improved ability to introduce new features

Feedback from our customers echo these themes. They’ve told us the approach allows:

  • Increased reuse across multiple applications as well as multiple cloud platforms.
  • Increased interoperability and less worry when upgrading today and in the future.

I think one of the most important aspects as well is that these technologies have already passed through the myriad of ‘encryption checkpoints’ like FIPS 140.2, for example. This is huge.

As we did not have to implement new crypto technologies, our innovation and ingenuity were properly focused on high-value areas like deployment, ease of use, performance, rich policy management and multi-cloud support.

It reminds me of a time many years ago when a company I was working with developed an Active Directory administration tool that cooperated with the native SAM database present with Windows NT5 (which was very quickly re-branded to Windows 2000). Our competition created a proprietary layer on top of the database that had to be maintained and certified every time there was a technology refresh.

We won the architecture battle hands down and – yes – there were other great things about our approach that won that battle. The most salient bit of feedback coming back from clients was that we did not “re-invent the wheel” – they wanted us to build and improve on what they had rather than trying to introduce a new architecture.

It feels the same right now. At CloudLink, we didn’t have to start from scratch to develop commodity crypto technology for SecureVM. Instead, we leveraged existing, proven solutions that we’re integral to the OS and added the innovation and ingenuity that CloudLink is known for. The result? An original and revolutionary product based on solid technology that our clients already trust.

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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 cloudlinkquestions@emc.com.


The CloudLink Team
PS Read the story behind the acquisition.