Trend Micro has made a public beta available of a new encryption solution for cloud computing, which offers the promise of providing enterprises with a secure method to transmit data via the cloud.

Trend Micro, which launched the offering earlier this week at the VMWorld conference in San Francisco, says the SecureCloud service allows enterprises to encrypt data in a private cloud within the enterprise data center, via a public cloud managed by third-party services, or a hybrid cloud that combines private and public infrastructures.

“Security has been one of the greatest inhibitors to cloud-computing adoption,” Steve Quane, chief product officer for Cupertino, Calif.-based Trend Micro, said in a statement. “Now, as cloud computing takes shape and enterprises are starting to put data in the cloud, security must evolve to protect and control the data.”

Trend Micro noted that research firm IDC conducted a survey of 263 IT executives to gauge their interest in the use of cloud services. Security ranked first as the greatest challenge attributed to adopting cloud computing.

SecureCloud gives users exclusive custody over their encryption keys, compared to options which might allow shared custody. Trend Micro said this approach provides a “separation of duties,” allowing cloud customers to maintain authority over the information. 

SecureCloud in now in beta with general availability expected by year end. The service is provided through a Web site portal and supports Amazon EC2, Eucalyptus, and the VMware platform.


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