November 4, 2022 By Stefan Liesche
Marco Pavone
2 min read

Google KMS users can now reduce the time and effort of managing keys with the new integration to Unified Key Orchestrator.

We are excited to announce that we have reached a new stage in following our vision to bring multicloud key orchestration to a wider set of businesses traversing the space of sensitive data processing with new state-of-the-art technologies. This concludes a major milestone on our path to provide user-centric key orchestration with Unified Key Orchestrator towards all major hyperscalers, including IBM Cloud, AWS, Azure, and now, Google Cloud Platform.

According to research insights by IBM Cloud, “While 98 percent of organizations plan to operate in a multicloud environment within three years, fewer than half of those have dedicated multicloud processes in place.”

As enterprises obtain multiple cloud environments, it is crucial that the right solution is in place to reduce management costs, increase governance and—through a single user interface—deploy applications based on the needs of workloads.

Simplifying multicloud encryption key orchestration

Unified Key Orchestrator, a part of the IBM Cloud Hyper Protect Crypto Services offering, enables clients to manage encryption keys across multiple cloud environments, including keys managed on-premises, in IBM Cloud, AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud. With this new Google Cloud KMS integration, customers now can use a fully managed service for their ‘Bring Your Own Key’ (BYOK) needs of Google Cloud Platform Key Management System keys from IBM Cloud.

IBM Cloud Hyper Protect Crypto Services with Unified Key Orchestrator is built upon our unique ‘Keep Your Own Key’ (KYOK) technology, giving customers exclusive control of the entire key hierarchy, including the HSM master key. Built on FIPS 140-2 Level 4 certified HSM Hardware, Hyper Protect Crypto Services with Unified Key Orchestrator offers the highest security level for cloud-based HSMs:

Key features of Unified Key Orchestrator

  1. Orchestrate all your keys through a single pane of glass: Manage all your data encryption keys across different cloud environments through the Unified Key Orchestrator user interface.
  2. Utilize central backup all enterprise keys: All keys are backed up on IBM Cloud. Redistribute keys to quickly recover from fatal cloud errors or an accidental key removal.
  3. Reduce complexity with transparent total cost of ownership and operational costs: Hyper Protect Crypto Services with Unified Key Orchestrator offers a tiered pricing model, reducing complexity and cost of managing multiple key management systems. As a fully cloud managed service, customers can focus on their task of managing keys, instead of operations of the environment.

Get started with the Unified Key Orchestrator

See for yourself how easy it is to manage your own keys across IBM Cloud, AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud. Log in to IBM Cloud to get started now, and for more information, please see the getting started guide on IBM Cloud Docs.

Learn more about IBM Cloud Hyper Protect Crypto Services.

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