Microsoft this week introduced the general public preview of help for confidential computing nodes in Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS).

One of many large tech corporations to have affirmed dedication to computing confidentiality, Microsoft made Azure Confidential Computing usually out there earlier this 12 months, and likewise expanded the supply of safe VMs.

The supply of confidential containers on AKS is one more step Microsoft is taking towards transferring computing from ‘within the clear’ to ‘confidential’.

“The general public preview of confidential computing nodes powered by the Intel SGX DCsv2 SKU with Azure Kubernetes Service brings us one step nearer by securing information of cloud native and container workloads. This launch extends the info integrity, information confidentiality and code integrity safety of hardware-based remoted Trusted Execution Environments (TEE) to container purposes,” the corporate says.

Confidential computing on Azure ensures that information is encrypted whereas in use, courtesy of a hardware-based TEE. Thus, software program can run on high of the protected surroundings to maintain code and information hidden from view or modifications.

Microsoft additionally notes that builders have a number of utility structure choices to select from, relying whether or not their most well-liked mannequin gives a sooner path to confidentiality or elevated management.

“The confidential nodes on AKS help each structure fashions and can orchestrate confidential utility and normal container purposes inside the similar AKS deployment. Additionally, builders can proceed to leverage present tooling and dev ops practices when designing extremely safe end-to-end purposes,” the tech firm explains.

Thus far through the preview interval, most builders adopted confidential computing by choosing an present unmodified docker container utility and a associate to maneuver an present utility right into a container that leverages confidential computing infrastructure.

In keeping with Microsoft, the rationale many took this path was both as a result of it supplied them with sooner entry to confidentiality or as a result of it ensures container IP is protected by encryption and id verification is accessible within the enclave and shoppers can confirm server thumbprint.

Different builders selected to have full management of the code within the enclave by containers that leverage Open Enclave SDK, Intel SGX SDK or a framework such because the Confidential Consortium Framework (CCF). Moreover, Confidential Inferencing with ONNX is accessible for AI/ML builders, who can convey pre-trained ML fashions to AKS, Microsoft says.

“Confidential computing, by its remoted execution surroundings, has broad potential throughout use circumstances and industries; and with the added enhancements to the general safety posture of containers with its integration to AKS, we’re excited and desirous to study extra about what enterprise issues you possibly can resolve,” the corporate concludes.

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Service Azure Kubernetes now supports confidential containers
Service Azure Kubernetes now supports confidential containers
Service Azure Kubernetes now supports confidential containers

Ionut Arghire is a world correspondent for SecurityWeek.

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