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Cloud security: Microsoft Azure’s SGX VMs hit GA, Google’s Shielded VM is now default

Microsoft and Google have announced updates to their respective virtual-machine (VM) instances for highly confidential information to be processed in Microsoft Azure and Google Compute Engine.

Microsoft has moved its Azure DCsv2-Series VMs to general availability. The VMs feature hardware-based trusted execution environments (TEE) that are based on Intel’s SGX or Software Guard eXtensions.

TEEs – also known as secure enclaves – are isolated from the host operating system and hypervisor, and are located in a part of the CPU with its own memory.

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