Microsoft Azure now has confidential VMs with ephemeral storage

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Microsoft has expanded its confidential computing providing and now permits Azure cloud computing service clients to create {hardware} remoted digital machines (aka confidential VMs) with Ephemeral OS disks.

With this new public preview function, Azure clients can create ephemeral OS disks solely on the native VM storage (on VM cache or VM temp disk), thus guaranteeing that knowledge stays 100% confidential since it’ll by no means be despatched to distant Azure Storage.

“Ephemeral OS disks work nicely for stateless workloads, the place purposes are tolerant of particular person VM failures however are extra affected by VM deployment time or reimaging of particular person VM cases,” Microsoft explains.

“With Ephemeral OS disk, you get decrease learn/write latency to the OS disk and sooner VM reimage.”

This enables clients to learn from Azure hardware-based trusted execution environments (TEEs) to guard their knowledge whereas being processed from outdoors entry.

Knowledge in TEEs can’t be accessed or tampered with by code outdoors TEE environments as a result of they’re designed to implement the execution of solely approved code.

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